What do the DWP do?

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.

Is DWP the same as HMRC?

DWP and HMRC work very closely together, and share information often. This is because benefits and pensions are affected by how much you earn and the National Insurance contributions you have paid.

Who runs the DWP?

The Rt Hon Thérèse Coffey MP Thérèse Coffey was appointed Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions on 8 September 2019.

What can DWP check?

DWP could check your private life without consent if you’re on Universal Credit, PIP or State Pension. People claiming Universal Credit, PIP, Housing Benefit, State Pension and Employment and Support Allowance are in their millions in the UK and these benefits cost the country huge sums.

Can DWP take money from my bank account?

The DWP can look at your bank account and social media if it has reasonable grounds to suspect you might be involved in benefit fraud. For example, they can request information from your bank if they suspect that you didn’t disclose all the capital you held in your bank account.

Is DWP part of civil service?

Approximately 68.8% of civil servants work in the five largest departments, or their respective agencies and non-departmental bodies: the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Home Office (HO).

Can I email documents to DWP?

However, we’re not allowed to send documents by email (we don’t have secure email unfortunately). So for these you might want to speak to your partnership manager to check if there’s emails available to send them over.