Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Welfare Reform

Lord Freud


Lord Freud was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Welfare Reform) in May 2010. He is a Conservative member of the House of Lords.


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.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Welfare Reform

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Welfare Reform is responsible for:

  • Universal Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • bereavement benefits
  • benefit cap (a limit on the total amount of benefit people can get)
  • fraud and error (including debt management)
  • the Social Security Advisory Committee
  • credit unions


under the responsibility of Lord Freud as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Welfare Reform

  1. Simplifying the welfare system and making sure work pays

    • 12 November 2013


by Lord Freud

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  1. 7 ways Universal Credit will be a better deal

    • 20 March 2014
    • Press release
  2. Universal Credit rolling out – what it means for employers

    • 29 January 2014
    • Speech
  3. Transforming welfare

    • 27 January 2014
    • Speech
  4. New benefit fraud and error campaign: 'Benefits. Are you doing the right thing?'

    • 3 January 2014
    • Press release
  5. Universal Credit: working together for improved outcomes

    • 12 December 2013
    • Speech
  6. Welfare reforms progress update

    • 2 October 2013
    • Speech
  7. Fraud crackdown saves taxpayers £6.5 billion

    • 20 August 2013
    • Press release
  8. Digital Deal: 12 projects to help social tenants get online

    • 9 August 2013
    • Press release
  9. Implementing Universal Credit

    • 16 July 2013
    • Speech
  10. Government and regulators quiz payday industry at summit

    • 1 July 2013
    • Press release

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