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DWP Touchbase: Edition 138
October 23, 2019

This edition of Touchbase includes information on:   

  • returning to live in the UK from the EU for UK nationals 
  • the Facebook pilot for DWP Benefits Information
  • the Christmas jobs campaign launch
  • the third anniversary of Disability Confident
  • the consultation for the Pension Protection Fund levy
  • Purple Tuesday

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DWP Touchbase: Edition 137
September 19, 2019

This edition of Touchbase includes information on:  

  • State Pensions for UK nationals in the EEA or Switzerland
  • Claiming Universal Credit without a National Insurance number 
  • Universal Credit managed payments to landlords
  • Universal Credit improvements to appointment information
  • Pensions campaign encourages people to get to know their pension
  • Funeral Support Payment in Scotland 
  • Warm Home Discount Scheme
  • Apprenticeships campaign

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Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions
September 9, 2019

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.


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.

DWP Team July 2019
August 2, 2019
DWP Touchbase: Edition 134
May 29, 2019

This edition of Touchbase includes information on:  

  • Jobcentre Plus arrangements for the Spring bank holiday
  • recent changes to Universal Credit
  • practical tips to manage risk for defined benefit pension scheme trustees
  • the Work and Health Programme
  • Childcare Choices
  • a public meeting for the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council
  • the Workplace pension campaign partnership with Gogglebox
  • the Find a job service being shortlisted for prestigious industry awards

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DWP Reforms Coming into Effect in April
April 10, 2019

Reforms coming into effect in April will support those who can work to get into employment while ensuring there is a safety net in place for those who need it reports the DWP.Image result for Amber Rudd

These include more generous work allowances for disabled people and families with children and extra financial support in the workplace through the government’s Access to Work scheme.

Other changes include increasing the State Pension, Maternity Allowance, most benefits for the additional cost of a disability and for carers, ensuring the government is supporting the most vulnerable.

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Amber Rudd, said:

“Our benefits system must be an ally of the people it serves, ensuring we are supporting the most vulnerable and that work always pays.

“That’s why we’re bringing in a number of changes to put more money in people’s pockets, while protecting families, pensioners and disabled people. Our reforms are creating a fair compassionate society where everyone can reach their full potential, while maintaining a safety net for those who need it.”

1 April Access to Work cap increase

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Grant to Support Disabled People in the Workplace Increases to Almost £60,000
February 14, 2019

Disabled employees will be able to benefit from almost £60,000 a year to assist them at work. Disabled employees will be able to benefit from almost £60,000 a year to assist them at work, the Minister for Disabled People Sarah Newton has announced in Parliament.Image result for The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Sarah Newton

From 1 April 2019 people will now be able to claim up to £59,200 annually to help pay for additional support that they may need in the workplace through the government’s Access to Work scheme. This can include workplace adaptations, assistive technology, transport and interpreters.

It comes after the government increased the cap by almost a third last year. Now, even more people will be able to benefit, especially those from the deaf community who can get BSL interpreters through the scheme. Read more

DWP Touchbase: Edition 132
February 5, 2019

This edition of Touchbase includes information on:

  • changes to Universal Credit
  • how to contact a claimant’s Universal Credit case manager
  • a new employment-focussed campaign
  • the Help to Save scheme
  • the Workplace Pension campaign

DWP Touchbase: Edition 132

Touchbase: November Budget Edition
November 9, 2018

In the Budget on 29th October, the Chancellor announced a package of measures worth £4.5 billion to support the safe and secure roll out of Universal Credit.

Key Budget announcements:

  • The Universal Credit Work Allowance will be increased by £1,000 from April 2019. This means that 2.4m households will keep an extra £630 of income each year.
  • Jobseekers’ Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Income Support will roll on for the first fortnight of a Universal Credit claim, where otherwise they would have stopped. This will be effective from July 2020, and benefit around 1.1 million claimants.
  • Government is extending the 12-month grace period (the period before the Minimum Income Floor applies) to support all gainfully self-employed people. This will be introduced from July 2019 and implemented fully from September 2020.
  • Claimants can repay overpayments and debt more slowly from October 2019 (from 40% of the standard allowance to 30%), and from October 2021 people will have longer to repay advances.
  • In addition, the Budget provides funding for the announcements made by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in April and June 2018 to support the roll out of Universal Credit.

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Youth Unemployment Down 50% Since 2010
October 16, 2018

Official figures, released by the Office for National Statistics today, show that youth unemployment has halved since 2010.

The figures also show that the unemployment rate of 4.0% has not been lower since 1975. Real wages are up for the seventh month in a row, rising by 0.7% above inflation and employment remained high at 75.5%, up 0.4% points on the year.


The proportion of young people who are unemployed is at a new record low, as more than 120,000 more young people have a job than in 2010. At the same time, fewer children are now growing up in a home without any adults in work than ever before. There are 637,000 fewer children in this position than in 2010, helping inspire more young people into work themselves. Read more