Ministerial role

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions


The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). He has direct responsibility for departmental expenditure and departmental management.

DWP is responsible for the administration of the State Pension and working age benefits system, providing support to:

  • people of working age
  • employers
  • pensioners
  • families and children
  • disabled people

Current role holder: The Rt Hon David Gauke MP

David Gauke was appointed Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on 11 June 2017. He was elected the Conservative MP for Hertfordshire South West in May 2005.


Born in 1971 and educated at Northgate High School in Ipswich, David read law at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University. After a year working as a parliamentary researcher, he attended Chester College of Law before becoming a trainee solicitor.

Political career

David was a member of the Treasury Select Committee from February 2006 until he was appointed as a Shadow Minister for the Treasury in June 2007. As a Shadow Treasury Minister, he focused on tax policy, including matters such as tax simplification and corporation tax reform. He was appointed Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury in May 2010, and promoted to Financial Secretary to the Treasury in July 2014 where he served until July 2016.
He served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury from July 2016 to June 2017.

Career outside politics

After qualifying as a solicitor in 1997, David worked for a leading City firm before entering Parliament in 2005.

Personal life

David lives in Chorleywood with his wife, Rachel, and their 3 sons.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Damian Green MP

    • 2016 to 2017
  2. The Rt Hon Stephen Crabb

    • 2016 to 2016
  3. The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith

    • 2010 to 2016


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