Minister of State for Care

Caroline Dinenage MP

Biography

Caroline Dinenage was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care on 9 January 2018. Caroline was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions from June 2017 to January 2018.

She was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Early Years at the Department for Education from July 2016 to June 2017.

She was elected Conservative MP for Gosport, Stubbington, Lee-on-the-Solent and Hill Head in 2010.

Education

Caroline studied politics and English at Swansea University.

Political career

Between 1998 and 2003 Caroline served on the City of Winchester local council. She was appointed the Small Business Ambassador for the South by the Prime Minister in June 2013, and between 2012 and 2015 sat on the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee.

From April 2014 to May 2015 Caroline served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP. From May 2015 to July 2016 she served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Family Justice at the Ministry of Justice and DfE.

Career outside politics

Caroline has more than 20 years of experience as a small business owner, having established her own manufacturing company before university.

Minister of State for Care

The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • overseeing all aspects of adult social care, including dementia, loneliness and disabilities
  • hospital care quality and patient safety
  • community health services
  • health and social care integration

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance

    • 2017 to 2018
  2. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Early Years

    • 2016 to 2017
  3. Minister for Equalities

    • 2016 to 2016
  4. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Equalities)

    • 2015 to 2015
  5. Minister for Women

    • 2015 to 2016

Announcements

  1. Child maintenance consultation launched
  2. Claiming a Funeral Payment to be made easier
  3. Funding for supported housing for older people to encourage building new homes
  4. Clampdown on child maintenance cheats
  5. Views on proposed improvements to Funeral Expenses Payments sought
  6. Department for Work and Pensions welcomes new ministerial team
  7. Revenge Porn Helpline Given Further Funding
  8. Families to benefit from £55 million boost to childcare schemes
  9. UK Commission on the Status of Women - National Statement
  10. Justine Greening MP is new Minister for Women and Equalities