Minister of State for Welfare Reform

The Rt Hon Lord Freud

Biography

Lord Freud was appointed Minister of State for Welfare Reform at the Department for Work and Pensions on 13 May 2015. Previously he was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Welfare Reform) from May 2010 to May 2015. He is a Conservative member of the House of Lords.

Education

He studied philosophy, politics and economics at Merton College, Oxford.

Political career

Lord Freud was appointed the shadow Minister for Welfare Reform in February 2009.

He previously advised the government on how to reform the welfare system, publishing an independent report in March 2007 entitled ‘Reducing dependency, increasing opportunity: options for the future of welfare to work’.

Career outside politics

Lord Freud was Vice Chairman of Investment Banking for UBS, where he organised the restructuring of National Air Traffic Control and the reshaping of the Channel Tunnel Railway Link.

He was a journalist at the Financial Times for 8 years before starting his banking career.

Minister of State for Welfare Reform

The Minister of State for Welfare Reform is responsible for:

  • Universal Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • The benefit cap
  • the Social Security Advisory Committee
  • the Credit Union Expansion Project
  • Fit For Work
  • bereavement benefits
  • fraud, error and debt
  • National Insurance numbers

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Welfare Reform

    • 2010 to 2015

Policies

  1. Welfare reform

Announcements

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  1. New ministerial team welcomed to the Department for Work and Pensions

    • 14 May 2015
    • Press release
  2. ‘Dangerous’ daffodils and 10 more ‘elf and safety myths

    • 25 March 2015
    • Press release
  3. Mesothelioma sufferers’ compensation boosted by extra £54,000

    • 10 February 2015
    • Press release
  4. Universal Credit and Universal Support

    • 21 January 2015
    • Speech
  5. Boosting business by easing health and safety burden – 84% of rules scrapped or improved

    • 16 January 2015
    • Press release
  6. Snow clearing health and safety myth shattered

    • 23 December 2014
    • Press release
  7. Universal Credit support boost for social landlords

    • 13 November 2014
    • Press release
  8. GPs: ‘Fit for Work will help patients’

    • 10 October 2014
    • Press release
  9. £2 million boost to help low-paid retail and hospitality staff

    • 10 October 2014
    • Press release
  10. Health and Work Service supplier announced

    • 25 July 2014
    • Press release