The Government has confirmed that Lord Freud has resigned from his position as the Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions. He was the longest serving Minister of State in the current Government, having held the same post since after the 2010 General Election.
In a statement Lord Freud said:
“At the heart of our reforms is desire to give people independence to improve their lives. For too long, people have been trapped by a byzantine benefits system, leaving them powerless. This has always been my driving force – to give people back control over their own lives; to give support in times of need, but also to give a clear route out of the benefits system and into independence.
That’s what Universal Credit does, and I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved. It’s a testament to the support I’ve received both from my ministerial colleagues and civil servants in the DWP that we are now well on the way to achieving our goal of a truly modern, responsive welfare system which is already transforming lives.
As I retire from my ministerial position, I leave with full confidence in the future of Universal Credit”.
Damian Green, the current Work and Pensions Secretary, said:
“Everyone comes into government to make a difference, but David’s contribution to transforming the welfare system has been outstanding. As the architect of Universal Credit, he combines vision with an impressive attention to detail. Moreover, he cares greatly about improving the lives of some of the poorest people in our country.
I want to thank him for everything has done over the years at DWP, and for all the help and support he has given to me and his ministerial colleagues. His will be a legacy of which he can be truly proud”.