Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The Rt Hon Damian Green MP


Damian Green was appointed Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on 14 July 2016. He is the Conservative MP for Ashford.


Damian was educated at Reading School and Balliol College, Oxford. He was President of the Oxford Union in 1977.


From 1978 to 1992 he worked for the BBC and The Times, as well as Channel 4, where he was a producer and presenter specialising in business programmes. In 1992 he joined John Major’s policy unit, where he worked for 2 years.

Political career

Damian held a number of positions in the Shadow Cabinet, including Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills from 2001 to 2003, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport between 2003 and 2004 and Shadow Minister for Immigration from 2005 to 2010. He served as Minister for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims (jointly with the Home Office) from September 2012 to July 2014.

He was Minister of State for Immigration from May 2010 to September 2012.

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

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister for Policing, Fire and Criminal Justice and Victims

    • 2012 to 2014
  2. Minister of State

    • 2010 to 2012


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  1. Unemployment rate remains at lowest level in over a decade

    • Press release
  2. A century of support: Department for Work and Pensions turns 100 years old

    • Press release
  3. Government backs social project helping disabled people into work

    • Press release
  4. Review of automatic enrolment to build on success

    • Press release
  5. Consultation on funding reform for supported accommodation sector

    • Press release
  6. Homelessness and mental health conditions to be supported by hardship fund

    • Press release
  7. From welfare state to welfare system

    • Speech
  8. Lower benefit cap comes into effect

    • Press release
  9. Joint Ministerial Working Group on Welfare - October 2016

    • News story
  10. New funding model for supported accommodation

    • Press release