Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

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The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions is a position in the UK cabinet, responsible for the Department for Work and Pensions. It was created on June 8, 2001 from the merger of the Employment part of the Department for Education and Employment and the Department of Social Security.

The Ministry of Pensions was created in 1916 to handle the payment of the state pension. In 1944 a separate Ministry of National Insurance (initially titled the Ministry of Social Insurance, it changed its name on November 17, 1944) was formed; the two merged in 1953. In 1966 the Ministry was renamed the Ministry of Social Security, but this proved to be shortlived as the Ministry merged with the Ministry of Health in 1968 to form the Department of Health and Social Security. Confusingly the Secretary of State responsible for this Department was always referred to as Secretary of State for Social Services. The Department underwent a de-merger in 1988 creating freestanding Departments for Health and Social Security.

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Minister of Pensions

Minister of Social Insurance/National Insurance

Minister of Pensions and National Insurance

Minister of Social Security

Secretary of State for Social Services

Secretary of State for Social Security

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

See also: Secretary of State for Employment.

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