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The Department for Work and Pensions (or DWP) (Welsh: Adran Gwaith a Phensiynau) is the largest government department in the Government of the United Kingdom, created on June 8, 2001 from the merger of the employment part of the Department for Education and Employment and the Department of Social Security. It is currently headed by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, a Cabinet position.


Vision and strategy

The vision of the Department is to:

  • contribute towards fair, safe and fulfilling lives, free from poverty for children, people in work and retirement, disabled people and carers;
  • reduce welfare dependency and increase economic competitiveness by helping people to work wherever they can and helping employers to secure the skills and employees they need; and
  • provide greater choice and personalisation and higher quality of service for customers where it is in their interests and those of the taxpayers. [1]

Ministerial team

See [2]

The Permanent Secretary is Sir Leigh Lewis KCB. In November 2005, he replaced Sir Richard Mottram, who moved to the Cabinet Office. Mottram had moved in 2002 from the same post at the Department for Transport to succeed Rachel Lomax, who had followed the opposite route and who then moved to the Bank of England as deputy governor in 2003.


Shadow Secretaries

The Conservative Party's Shadow Secretary of State is Theresa May MP.[3] The Liberal Democrat spokesman is Steve Webb MP.[4]


The Department for Work and Pensions has two operational organisations:

The department has responsibility for the Health and Safety Executive, Directgov and the Employment Medical Advisory Service and the personal accounts delivery authority (PADA)

The majority of the remainder of the staff employed in the department work for DWP Corporate and Shared Services. These cover areas such as Debt Management, Human Resources (Employee Shared Services), Contracting and Corporate IT.

Location and staffing

DWP buildings at Quarry Hill, Leeds (known locally as 'The Pink Palace' and 'The Kremlin')

The department's central administrative office is in Whitehall, London. There are a number of other regional offices and Jobcentres where members of the public can visit to find out information. The Pension Service has 133 specialised teams across the country called Local Service, who can visit pensioners in their homes if required.

The department's annual "expenditure limit" (budget) figures are, at the time of the 2004 Spending Review: 2004-05: £8,164m, 05-06: £8,432m, 06-07: £8,212m and 07-08: £8,105m.

The DWP employed (in 2003) 131,000 members of staff to discharge all of its functions. This figure will be reduced by 30,000 by 2008, with a further 10,000 being moved to front-line services. This is part of the Government's pledge to reduce civil servant numbers by 100,000. Nevertheless, the department is still the largest (in staffing terms) Whitehall department.


DWP has buildings in Leeds, Blackpool and Sheffield.

See also


  1. ^ [1]DWP Vision, aims and values
  2. ^ DWP Ministers
  3. ^ House of Commons Information Office (8 September 2009). "Her Majesty's Official Opposition". UK Parliament. Retrieved 25 November 2009.  
  4. ^ House of Commons Information Office (13 July 2009). "Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet and Parliamentary Team". UK Parliament. Retrieved 25 November 2009.  
  5. ^ Pension, Disability and Carers Service Business Plan 2009-10

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