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Esther McVey
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David Cameron
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Privy council
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Atos
(Tech)
Danny Alexander
(Politics)
Priti Patel
(Politics)
James Purnell
(Politics)
 

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Department for Work and Pensions

Knowledge Identifier: &Department_for_Work_and_Pensions

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Department for Work and Pensions

Largest government department in the United Kingdom, and is responsible for welfare and pension policyadd

Category: Politics

Founded in 2012.

Countries: United Kingdom (83%), (9%), United States (2%)

Main connections: Esther McVey, David Cameron, Privy council

Linked to: Department for Education and Skills, Department of Social Security, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, BBC

 

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2012

During 2012 the department announced records of the number of people born outside of the United Kingdom claiming work-related benefits from 2011, using data already collated within the department together with those of the UK Border Agency and HM Revenue and Customs add something

 

A report of February 2012 stated that a sum amounting to billions of pounds of money payable through possible benefit claims had not been claimed add something

 

Prior to July 2012 the Child Support Agency was the operating arm of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission add something

 

Esther McVey - In his 4th September 2012 reorganisation, David Cameron appointed her Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Work and Pensions


2013

Michael Meacher - In 2013, Meacher, attacked the firm Atos and its Work Capability Assessments of disabled people carried out on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions, in a sustained campaign documented through his blog

 

Atos - A new benefit, the Personal Independence Payment was introduced, replacing the previous Disability Living Allowance, and in April 2013 the UK Department for Work and Pensions outsourced the assessment work to Atos Healthcare under a contract believed to be worth £400 million

 

Esther McVey - In his 7 October 2013 reshuffle, David Cameron appointed her Minister of State for Employment at the Department for Work and Pensions

 

Mike Penning - Since 7 October 2013 he has been the Minister of State of Disabled People


2014

Remploy - In July 2014, the Department for Work and Pensions announced that it was looking for Remploy Employment Services to leave government control, by way of a joint venture between a private company and Remploy's employees


2015

Priti Patel - After the 2015 general election, Patel rose to Cabinet-level as Minister of State for Employment in the Department for Work and Pensions, and was sworn of the Privy Council on 14 May 2015

 

Priti Patel - After the 2015 general election, Patel rose to Cabinet-level as Minister of State for Employment in the Department for Work and Pensions, and was sworn of the Privy Council on 14 May 2015

 

In August 2015 the department admitted using fictional stories from made-up claimants on leaflets advertising the positive impact of benefit sanctions, following a Freedom of Information request from Welfare Weekly add something


2016

Mike Penning - Penning was the Minister of State for the Armed Forces from 2016 to 2017, having previously served as the Minister of State for Policing and Minister of State for Justice from 2014 to 2016, the Minister of State for Transport from 2010 to 2012, the Minister of State for Northern Ireland from 2012 to 2013, and the Minister of State for Disabled People from 2013 to 2014


2017

Interserve - On 20 October 2017, the "Telegraph" reported that the company had been *awarded a £227 million contract to provide facilities management services to the Department for Work and Pensions

 

Sarah Newton - In November 2017, she became the Minister of State for Disabled People


2018

Esther McVey - On 8 January 2018, McVey was appointed as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

 

Serco Group - Serco is contracted to the Department for Work and Pensions to provide telephone advice on behalf of DWP to recipients of Support for Mortgage Interest , which ends April 2018

 

Esther McVey - McVey resigned as Work and Pensions Secretary on 15 November 2018 in opposition to the Brexit Draft Withdrawal Agreement and the Brexit negotiations


2019

In 2019 the department was found by an independent inquiry to have broken its own rules, in a case where a disabled woman killed herself in 2017 after her benefits were stopped when she missed a Work Capability Assessment because she had pneumonia add something