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
  • Social Security Advisory Committee
  • the Credit Union Expansion Project

  • 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. Universal Credit expands to all claimants in 5 areas

    • News story
  2. Benefit fraud and error at record low level

    • Press release
  3. Rollout of flagship welfare reform Universal Credit reaches historic milestone

    • Press release
  4. Every jobcentre in Yorkshire now offers Universal Credit

    • News story
  5. Every jobcentre in Wales to offer Universal Credit from today

    • Press release
  6. All Welsh jobcentres switch over to Universal Credit

    • News story
  7. Universal Credit claimants significantly more likely to get a job

    • Press release
  8. New ministerial team welcomed to the Department for Work and Pensions

    • Press release
  9. ‘Dangerous’ daffodils and 10 more ‘elf and safety myths

    • Press release
  10. Mesothelioma sufferers’ compensation boosted by extra £54,000

    • Press release