Peter Schofield has been appointed as the next Permanent Secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), replacing Sir Robert Devereux who is retiring in late January 2018. Schofield is the current Finance Director General within the department, a role which he has held since July 2016.
Esther McVey, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, said:
“I look forward to welcoming Peter Schofield as DWP’s new Permanent Secretary and to working with him on ensuring we continue to deliver a welfare system that supports people when they need it, and helps them fulfil their potential – no matter who they are or where they come from”.
Schofield said in a statement:
“The DWP is a remarkable organisation – in scale, reach, ability to deliver change, and the motivation and pride of my 80,000 colleagues providing high quality support to over 22 million citizens. It is a huge honour to be given the opportunity to lead DWP and support the new Secretary of State and her ministerial team, and to build on Robert’s outstanding leadership over the last 7 years. I can’t wait to start”.