Press release

New ministerial team at the Department for Work and Pensions

Damian Green, the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, has today welcomed the department’s new ministerial team.

The new team at the Department for Work and Pensions is:

  • Secretary of State – Rt Hon Damian Green MP
  • Minister of State for Employment – Damian Hinds MP
  • Minister of State for Disabled People, Work and Health – Penny Mordaunt MP
  • Minister of State for Welfare Reform – Rt Hon Lord David Freud
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Pensions – Richard Harrington MP
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Welfare Delivery – Caroline Nokes MP

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Damian Green said:

I’m delighted to be leading one of the most important departments in government. What we do here directly affects millions of people, from all parts of the country, and at all stages of their lives.

I’d like to welcome the new ministerial team to the department – Damian, Penny, Richard, Caroline – and welcome back David. Together we will work hard to continue reforming welfare, supporting disabled people, ensuring older people have a secure retirement, and making sure everyone who can work has the opportunities they need to get on in life, whatever their background.

Minister for Employment, Damian Hinds said:

This government is determined to make Britain a country that works for everyone, and employment has a central role to play. We are in a position of strength with a record number of people in work, including more women than ever before, and behind the statistics are countless stories of individual hard-work and determination.

I look forward to working closely with my colleagues across government and industry to ensure this positive trend continues and more people of all ages and abilities get into, and stay, in work.

Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health, Penny Mordaunt said:

It is a privilege to be given the chance to improve the social and employment opportunities for the millions of disabled people across the UK. I will do all I can to improve support for people with disabilities and health conditions, help more people into work and ensure they have every opportunity to thrive.

Minister for Welfare Reform, Lord Freud said:

Our reforms are revolutionising welfare and ensuring we have a system which provides the opportunity for people to take control over their own lives.

The rollout of Universal Credit is well underway and it is already changing people’s lives for the better, with people moving into work faster and staying in work longer than under the old system. So it is a privilege to be back in government to continue with our vital reforms.

Minister for Pensions, Richard Harrington said:

I am delighted to take responsibility for this important ministerial post, and I look forward to tackling the full range of state and private pension matters, including the new Bill and automatic enrolment, among so many others.

Minister for Welfare Delivery, Caroline Nokes said:

We’re delivering some of the biggest reforms in generations, which are already improving people’s lives for the better. It is vital that these are delivered safely and securely, so I’m looking forward to continuing this important work – restoring fairness to the system while ensuring we help as many people as possible to reach their potential.

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