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 over 22 million claimants and customers.
Who are the DWP?
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for a number of services for example through Jobcentre Plus, The Pension Service, the Child Maintenance Service and partner organisations.
Read about their service standards.
Carers and disability benefits
They deal with carers and disability benefits including:
- Carer’s Allowance
- Attendance Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
Jobcentre Plus helps people move from benefits into work and helps employers advertise jobs. It also deals with benefits for people who are unemployed or unable to work because of a health condition or disability.
The Pension Service
The Pension Service provides pensions, benefits and retirement information for current and future pensioners in the UK and abroad. This includes:
Child Support Agency and Child Maintenance Service
Child maintenance is financial support that helps towards a child’s everyday living costs when the parents have separated. For people who can’t make their own, family-based arrangements, the Child Support Agency and Child Maintenance Service:
- calculate how much maintenance the paying parent should pay to the receiving parent
- collect the maintenance payments, if necessary
Child Maintenance Options
The Child Maintenance Options service provides impartial information and support to help both parents make informed choices about child maintenance. It can also help them to set up their own, family-based arrangements.