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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 it handles most government payments to citizens, it oversees the largest budget of any department in the U.K. It was established in 2001, but traces its origins to the beginnings of the welfare state in the early 20th century.
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Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

the UK government department and its offices (the Benefit Agency Employment Service and Jobcentre Plus) responsible for administering the government's social welfare and employment programmes. The former includes making payments in respect of old-age PENSIONS, disabilities pensions, child allowance and the JOBSEEKERS ALLOWANCE (formerly unemployment benefit). Regarding the latter a particular concern has been to instill in people a culture of ‘employment’ being the norm, playing down the negative aspects of ‘unemployment’. This more positive approach is reflected in the work of the DWP's agency, the Employment Service and its nationwide network of ‘JOB CENTRES’, the introduction of the jobseekers allowance as a replacement for unemployment benefit and the NEW DEAL programme aimed at reducing youth unemployment and long-term unemployment amongst older workers.

The DWP is also responsible for conducting the fact-finding LABOUR FORCE SURVEY which provides data on conditions in the labour market; for overseeing the application of the UK's EMPLOYMENT LAWS; and for implementing employee rights' regulations issued by the European Union (see, for example, the WORKING TIME REGULATION).

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Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

the UK government department responsible for administering the government's employment and social security programmes. The DWP was formed in 2001 from parts of the former Department of Social Security and Department for Education and Employment and the Employment Service.

The department assists UNEMPLOYED people of working age into employment, helps employers to fill VACANCIES and provides financial support to persons unable to help themselves through ‘back-to-work’ programmes.

The DWP also administers the SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS system, paying state pensions, sickness benefit, child support and the JOBSEEKERS ALLOWANCE.

In 2002 the former Benefits Agency and the Employment Service were replaced by the JOBCENTRE PLUS network (responsible for helping people to find jobs and paying benefits to people of working age) and the Pension Service (responsible for paying state pensions).

Regarding employment, a particular concern of the Department is to instil in people a culture of employment as being the norm but at the same time playing down the negative aspects of unemployment. This more positive approach is reflected in the work of the DWP's agency Jobcentre Plus and its nationwide network of JOB CENTRES, the introduction of the jobseekers allowance as a replacement for unemployment benefit and the NEW DEA? programme aimed at reducing youth unemployment and long-term unemployment amongst older workers.

The DWP is also responsible for conducting the fact-finding LABOUR FORCE SURVEY, which provides data on conditions in the labour market, for overseeing the application of the UK's EMPLOYMENT LAWS, and for implementing employee rights’ regulations issued by the European Union (see, for example, the WORKING TIME REGULATION).

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