The MP returns to the role he previously held from 2015 to 2016 after the job was vacated by Brexit rebel Sarah Newton a few weeks ago.
The Conservative MP tweeted on Thursday night: “Very proud to have been asked to become the DWP Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work.
“This area has been a key focus for me and I look forward to continuing to work with charities, stakeholders and those helping to make a real difference in such a vital area.”
Justin served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Disabled People from May 2015 until July 2016 when Theresa May took over. After July 2016, the role was renamed as The Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, which is the role that Justin has just accepted meaning it is a return to the role for him.
The minister’s responsibilities include:
- cross-government disability issues
- work and health strategy, including sponsorship of the Joint Work and Health Unit
- disability employment, including Disability Confident, Work Choice, Access to Work, the Work and Health Programme and mental health in the workplace
- support for those at risk of falling out of work, including occupational health and Statutory Sick Pay
financial support for sick and disabled claimants, including within Universal Credit, Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Employment and Support Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit, Carer’s Allowance
-specific welfare and health-related issues, including Motability and arms-length compensation schemes
oversight of the Health and Safety Executive and the Office for Nuclear Regulation