David Gauke has been appointed Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in the cabinet reshuffle that followed #GE2017 on 8 June, which saw Damian Green promoted to ‘First secretary of state’ (a kind of deputy PM) .
Gauke’s voting record on Welfare and Benefits is at theyworkforyou.com and shows:
- Generally voted for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the “bedroom tax”)
- Consistently voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices
- Almost always voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability
- Consistently voted for reducing the amount spent on council tax support
- Almost always voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits
- Consistently voted against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed