Department for Work and Pensions

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is the British Government department 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.[6] It is the second largest governmental department in terms of employees,[7] and the largest in terms of expenditure (£187bn).[8]

Department for Work and Pensions
Welsh: Yr Adran Gwaith a Phensiynau
Department overview
Formed8 June 2001 (2001-06-08)
Preceding Department
JurisdictionUnited Kingdom
HeadquartersCaxton House
7th Floor
6-12 Tothill Street
Employees96,011 (as of July 2021)[1]
Annual budget£176.3 billion (Resource AME),[2]
£6.3 billion (Resource DEL),[3]
£0.3 billion (Capital DEL),
£2.3 billion (Non-Budget Expenditure)
Estimated for year ending 31 March 2017[4]
Minister responsible
Department executive

The department has four operational organisations: Jobcentre Plus administers working age benefits such as Jobseeker's Allowance, and decides which claimants receive Employment and Support Allowance; the Pension Service which pays the Basic State Pension and Pension Credit and provides information on related issues; Disability and Carers Service which provides financial support to disabled people and their carers; and the Child Maintenance Group which provides the statutory Child Support Schemes, operating as the Child Support Agency and the Child Maintenance Service. Three non-departmental bodies are accountable to DWP; the Health and Safety Executive, The Pensions Regulator and the Money and Pensions service.