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. Joint Ministerial Working Group on Welfare - October 2016

    • News story
  2. New funding model for supported accommodation

    • Press release
  3. Employment reaches a record high with 31.77 million people in work

    • Press release
  4. New Welfare Powers Transferred to the Scottish Parliament

    • News story
  5. Announcement of Health and Safety Executive appointments

    • News story
  6. Chancellor Philip Hammond guarantees EU funding beyond date UK leaves the EU

    • News story
  7. Record 31.7 million in work, as unemployment rate falls below 5%

    • Press release
  8. £12 million boost to local victims’ services

    • Press release
  9. Damian Green 'Modernising Justice' Speech

    • Speech
  10. Police support volunteers and special constables honoured with awards

    • News story