Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The Rt Hon Thérèse Coffey MP

Biography

Thérèse Coffey was appointed Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions on 8 September 2019.

Thérèse was previously Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs between 25 July 2019 and 8 September 2019.

She was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 17 July 2016 to 25 July 2019. She was elected the Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal in May 2010.

Education

Thérèse graduated from University College London (UCL) with a PhD in chemistry.

Political Career

Thérèse Coffey served as Deputy Leader of the House of Commons from May 2015 until July 2016.

Thérèse served on the Culture, Media and Sport Committee until she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Michael Fallon, Minister for Business and Energy.

Thérèse has campaigned on stopping the A14 toll, improving NHS experience for patients and better broadband.

Career outside politics

Thérèse worked for the international company Mars. When Thérèse qualified as a chartered management accountant, she became Finance Director for a UK subsidiary of Mars. She has also worked at the BBC.

Personal life

Thérèse enjoys watching football, gardening and music, especially Muse. She is a CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) member.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). They have direct responsibility for departmental expenditure and departmental management.

DWP is responsible for the administration of the State Pension and working age benefits system, providing support to:

  • people of working age
  • employers
  • pensioners
  • families and children
  • disabled people

More about this role

Department for Work and Pensions

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister of State
  2. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment
  3. Parliamentary Secretary of State (Deputy Leader of the House of Commons)
  4. Assistant Government Whip

Announcements

  1. Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme set to launch
  2. Biggest number of new Universal Credit claims paid in a single day
  3. DWP's response to coronavirus (COVID-19)
  4. G20 Labor and Employment Ministers’ summit on COVID-19
  5. Don’t call us – we’ll call you
  6. Coronavirus update - benefit reviews and reassessments suspended
  7. Claimants are asked to apply online as jobcentres limit access
  8. Chancellor announces workers’ support package
  9. Face-to-face health assessments for benefits suspended amid coronavirus outbreak
  10. UK jobs market booms with record high employment rate