Who is running the DWP under Boris Johnson?


The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy.

As the UK’s biggest public service department, it administers the State Pension and a range of working age, disability and ill health benefits to around 20 million claimants and customers.

But who is now in charge after the Boris Johnson reshuffle?

Amber Rudd

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Born in London in 1963, the MP for Hastings and Rye was first elected in 2010. She went into politics after a career in investment banking and venture capital. Amber has two children, she enjoys the theatre and can speak French, German and Italian.

Justin Tomlinson

Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work

Born in 1976, the MP for North Swindon was first elected in 2010. He owned a local marketing business which he sold when he was elected an MP. Justin went to Oxford Brookes University, enjoys watching football and is expecting his first child soon.

Mims Davies

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Employment

Miriam Jane Alice Davies was born in 1975 and was first elected as the MP for Eastleigh in 2015. Before politics she worked in communications. ‘Mims’ is married with two children, a keen runner and lives with her family in Sussex.

Guy Opperman

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Pensions and Financial Inclusion

Born in 1965, the MP for Hexham was first elected in 2010. Before entering politics, he was a barrister and also a director of his family’s engineering business. Guy is the son of a spy, spent a year farming in Africa and an amateur jockey.

Will Quince

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Welfare Delivery

Born in 1982, the MP for Colchester was first elected in 2015 following a career as a solicitor. He is married with one daughter, briefly worked for a soft drink manufacturer and was educated at Windsor Boy’s School.

Baroness Deborah Stedman-Scott

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Lords)

Born in 1955, she was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tomorrow’s People Trust, an employment charity which collapsed in 2018 owing £1.63m to creditors. Deborah was made a life peer in 2010.