Ministerial role

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions


The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). They have 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 Amber Rudd MP

Amber Rudd was appointed to be Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on 16 November 2018.

She was previously Home Secretary from 13 July 2016 to 29 April 2018. She was elected Conservative MP for Hastings and Rye in 2010.

Political career

From 2010 to 2012 she was a member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee. She then served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2012 to 2013, and as Assistant Whip from October 2013.

Amber was the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change from July 2014 until May 2015. She was then Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change from May 2015 until July 2016.

Career outside politics

Graduating from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in history, Amber worked in investment banking in the City of London and New York, before moving into venture capital. She then set up a freelance recruitment business and wrote for financial publications, before being elected to Parliament in May 2010.

Personal life

She lives in Hastings and has 2 children.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Esther McVey

    • 2018 to 2018
  2. The Rt Hon David Gauke MP

    • 2017 to 2018
  3. The Rt Hon Damian Green MP

    • 2016 to 2017
  4. The Rt Hon Stephen Crabb

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

    • 2010 to 2016


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  1. Amber Rudd sets out fresh approach to Universal Credit

    • Press release
  2. Universal Credit: personal welfare

    • Speech
  3. Eighth month of UK wage growth with disabled employment at record high

    • Press release
  4. Statement on the changes announced to Universal Credit in the Budget last week and on the Managed Migration regulations

    • Statement to Parliament
  5. Universal Credit managed migration: reducing the risk to claimants

    • Press release
  6. Welfare reform success with 54,000 benefit cap households taking on more work

    • Press release
  7. Number of children in long-term workless households at lowest level in over a decade

    • Press release
  8. Youth unemployment down 50% since 2010

    • Press release
  9. Department for Work and Pensions Director of Communications appointment

    • News story
  10. Government launches new collaboration with Barnardo's to support care leavers into work

    • Press release