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Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

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Incumbent:
Yvette Cooper
Style: The Right Honourable
Appointed by: Gordon Brown
as Prime Minister
First: George Barnes
Formation: 10 December 1916

United Kingdom
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The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions is a post in the UK cabinet, responsible for the Department for Work and Pensions. It was created on 8 June 2001 by the merger of the Employment part of the Department for Education and Employment and the Department of Social Security.

The Ministry of Pensions was created in 1916 to handle the payment of war pensions to former members of the Armed Forces and their dependants. In 1944 a separate Ministry of National Insurance (initially titled the Ministry of Social Insurance, it changed its name on 17 November 1944) was formed; the two merged in 1953 as the Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance. In 1966 the Ministry was renamed the Ministry of Social Security, but this was short-lived, as the Ministry merged with the Ministry of Health in 1968 to form the Department of Health and Social Security. Confusingly, the Secretary of State responsible for this Department was titled the Secretary of State for Social Services. The Department was de-merged in 1988, creating the separate Department of Health and Department of Social Security.

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Minister of Pensions

Minister of Social Insurance/National Insurance

Minister of Pensions and National Insurance

Minister of Social Security

Secretary of State for Social Services

Post split into the Secretary of State for Social Security and the Secretary of State for Health.

Secretary of State for Social Security

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

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