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|Department for Work and Pensions|
|Logo of the Department for Work and Pensions|
|Preceding Department||Department for Education and Skills
Department of Social Security
|Annual budget||£174.3 billion (social security benefits), £7.6 billion (current) & £200 million (capital) in 2011-12  |
|Minister responsible||Iain Duncan Smith MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions|
|Department executive||Robert Devereux, Permanent Secretary|
|Child agencies||Jobcentre Plus
The Pension, Disability and Carers Service
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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is the largest government department in the United Kingdom.
The department was created by merging the DSS, The Employment Service and those of the policy groups previously a part of the DfEE specifically with concerns of Employment policy and International issues in addition to the Opportunity and Diversity group's responsibilities toward disability. 
The total annual budget of the DWP in 2011-12 is £151.6 billion, representing approximately 28% of total UK Government spending. The DWP spends a far greater share of national wealth than any other department in Britain, by a wide margin.
The department was initially tasked at its inception  specifically with creating Jobcentre Plus and the Pensions service from the remains of the Employment service and the Benefits agency.  The department is therefore responsible for welfare and pension policy. Its key aims are
|“||to help its customers become financially independent and to help reduce child poverty.||”|
The DWP Ministers are :
|The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP||Secretary of State||Overall responsibility|
|The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP||Minister of State||Employment|
|Steve Webb MP||Minister of State||Pensions|
|Maria Miller MP||Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State||Disabled people|
|Lord Freud||Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State||Welfare reform|
The Department for Work and Pensions has three operational organisations:
Until 2011 Jobcentre Plus and The Pension, Disability and Carers Service were executive agencies of the department. They are now operated wholly from within the department, with the names continuing as brand identifiers.
The department's public bodies include:
DWP has corporate buildings in London, Leeds, Blackpool, Newcastle upon Tyne, Warrington and Sheffield. The two agencies, Jobcentre Plus and the Pension, Disability and Carers Service, operate through a network of around 1,000 Jobcentres, contact centres and benefit processing centres across the UK.
After the departure of John Suffolk as Government Chief Information Officer (CIO) in November 2010, the current CIO of the Department for Work and Pensions, Joe Harley, was picked to replace him.
The DWP is a major commissioner of external social science research, with the objective of providing the evidence base needed to inform departmental strategy, policy-making and delivery. The DWP has developed and uses various microsimulation and other models, including the Policy Simulation Model (for appraisal of policy options), Pensim2 (to create projections of pension entitlements up to 2100) and Inform (to produce the Department's benefit caseload forecasts). Datasets held include the LLMDB and the Family Resources Survey.
Northern Ireland has parity with Great Britain in three areas:
Policy in these areas is technically devolved but, in practice, follows policy set by Parliament to provide consistency across the United Kingdom. Employment and health and safety policy are fully devolved.
The DWP's main counterparts in Northern Ireland are:
The total annual budget of the DWP in 2011-12 is £151.6 billion, representing approximately 28% of total UK Government spending.
A report of February 2012 stated that a sum amounting to billions of pounds of money payable through possible benefit claims had not been claimed. In 2009-2010 the Dept stated £1.95 billion job-seekers allowance, £2 billion income support and employment and support allowance, £2.4 billion in council tax, £2.8bn in pension credit and £3.1 billion for housing benefit; in total £12.25 billion had not been claimed. 
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