Minister of State (Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work)

Justin Tomlinson MP

Biography

Justin Tomlinson was appointed as a Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions on 4 April 2019. He was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions from July 2018 to April 2019.

He served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Disabled People from May 2015 until July 2016. He was previously the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ed Vaizey MP.

Education

Justin graduated with a business degree from Oxford Brookes University.

Political career

Justin was previously the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ed Vaizey MP. Before being elected to Parliament, Justin served as a councillor in North Swindon for 10 years. He served 4 years in the council’s cabinet as the lead member for culture, leisure and recreation.

Career outside politics

Justin owned a local marketing business in Swindon for 10 years which he sold when he was elected an MP.

Minister of State (Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work)

The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • responsibility for the departmental strategy on disability and disability employment
  • cross-government responsibility for disabled people
  • Employment and Support Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Disability Living Allowance and elements of Universal Credit that relate to disabled people, including severe disability premium
  • EU Exit oversight
  • work and health strategy including sponsorship of the joint Department for Work and Pensions and Department for Health and Social Care Work and Health Unit
  • disability benefit reform
  • devolution framework
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Motability and arms-length compensation schemes

The role of Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work replaced the role of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Disabled People in July 2016.

More about this role

Department for Work and Pensions

Previous roles in government

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

Announcements

  1. New video service for deaf claimants accessing Universal Credit
  2. Supporting disabled people through the coronavirus outbreak
  3. Next step for new service for benefit assessments announced
  4. Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme: annual review 2018 to 2019
  5. Disability Confident scheme leads to inclusive workforce
  6. Health and wellbeing amongst staff
  7. RNIB training rolled out to jobcentre staff
  8. Government urges employers to help transform sick pay
  9. Record number of disabled people benefitting from workplace funding
  10. Thousands of pensioners to benefit from PIP assessment overhaul