Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

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Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The head of the Department for Work and Pensions, a department of the British government responsible for administration of welfare policy, British Social Security, state pensions, and similar matters. Because the secretary oversees most government payments to citizens, he/she administers the largest budget of any department in the U.K. He/she is appointed by the monarch on the advice of the prime minister.
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As Secretary of State for Social Security, Harriet, plus Gordon Brown, the Chancellor, wanted a strong welfare-to-work programme.
That would be the same Frank Field who expected to be made Secretary of State for Social Security in 1997, but whose appointment was blocked by Gordon Brown.
Ms Harman is a former Secretary of State for Social Security.
Peter Lilley, who was secretary of state for social security from 1992 to 1997 and then deputy leader of the Conservative Party, attacked the Government's plans as a waste of money.
Alistair Darling, the Secretary of State for Social Security, has appointed former treasury solicitor Sir Gerald Hosker QC to conduct an inquiry into the Occupational Pension Regulatory Authority (Opra).
Sir Norman was Secretary of State for Social Security (1981-87) when the Government introduced the 1986 Social Security Act which halved the amount of the State Earnings Related Pension widows would receive if their partner died.
The charm offensive has begun with Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling, Secretary of State for Social Security, planning to uprate the state pension by at least pounds 2 a week for single pensioners and pounds 3 a week for married couples.
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Alistair Darling MP, Britain's secretary of state for Social Security, on Oct.
Harriet Harman, sacked by Prime Minister Blair from her Cabinet post as Secretary of State for Social Security in July, said yesterday: "I am not prepared to comment about this.
Mr Field resigned from the Government on Monday after Mr Blair refused to make him Secretary of State for Social Security in his reshuffle.
I challenge Harriet Harman, Secretary of State for Social Security, to manage on pounds 82.
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