The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith


Iain Duncan Smith was the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from May 2010 until March 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Chingford and Woodford Green in April 1992.

Previous roles in government

  1. Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

    • 2010 to 2016


  1. Every jobcentre in London and home counties switched to Universal Credit
  2. Baroness Mone publishes ‘Be the boss’ review
  3. UK employment reaches record high
  4. PM: Improve mental health treatment to get thousands more back to work
  5. Benefit cap: 950 households a month move into work, stop claiming Housing benefit or reduce their claim
  6. Jobcentre Plus support rolled out to schools
  7. Universal Credit claimants significantly more likely to get a job
  8. Department for Work and Pensions’ settlement at the Spending Review
  9. Benefit cap: tens of thousands move into work or off Housing Benefit
  10. Benefit fraud and error at record low