Minister of State for Disabled People

Mark Harper MP

Biography

Mark Harper MP was appointed as Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions on 15 July 2014. He is the Conservative MP for the Forest of Dean.

Education

Mark was educated at Headlands school, Swindon, and Swindon College, before studying philosophy, politics and economics at Brasenose College, Oxford.

Political career

Mark was elected as an MP in May 2005. In December 2005, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Defence and in July 2007 he became Shadow Minister for Disabled People. Following the formation of the coalition government in 2010, Mark was appointed Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform. He was appointed Minister for Immigration in September 2012.

Career outside politics

Mark qualified as a chartered accountant with the professional services network, KPMG, in 1995. Until 2002 he worked for Intel Corporation in a variety of fields, including finance, business operations and marketing, before establishing his own chartered accountancy business in the Forest of Dean.

Minister of State for Disabled People

The Minister of State for Disabled People is responsible for:

  • cross-government disability issues and strategy
  • Employment and Support Allowance, Work Capability Assessment and Incapacity Benefit Reassessment Programme
  • disability benefits (Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment and Attendance Allowance)
  • carers
  • appeals reform
  • fraud and error (including debt management)

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform

    • 2010 to 2012
  2. Minister of State for Immigration

    • 2012 to 2014

Announcements

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  1. Creating inclusive buildings and design

    • 25 February 2015
    • Press release
  2. 400 more disabled people in work every day

    • 20 February 2015
    • Press release
  3. Accessible Britain Challenge Awards 2015 shortlist announced

    • 20 February 2015
    • Press release
  4. Make every town Disability Confident: MPs called on to support disability employment drive

    • 13 February 2015
    • Press release
  5. DWP fraud busters win industry accolade

    • 11 February 2015
    • Press release
  6. Benefit fraud clampdown as maximum penalty to be more than doubled

    • 29 January 2015
    • Press release
  7. Harper: Major companies waking up to employment talents of disabled people

    • 28 January 2015
    • Press release
  8. Huge reduction in benefit dispute waiting times

    • 10 January 2015
    • Press release
  9. Support for the Built Environment Professional Education project on its first anniversary

    • 6 January 2015
    • News story
  10. Bid to improve disabled access at sports stadiums

    • 2 January 2015
    • Press release