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New Secretary of State for Health and Social Care appointed

10 July 2018

The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP is the new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

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The Secretary of State is responsible for the work of the Department of Health and Social Care, including:

  • overall financial control and oversight of NHS delivery and performance

  • oversight of social care policy

Voting record

  • Generally voted against laws to promote equality and human rights

  • Almost always voted against UK membership of the EU

Welfare benefits

  • Consistently voted for the "bedroom tax"

  • Generally voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices

  • Consistently voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability

  •  Almost always voted for making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support

  • Almost always voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits

  • Getting young people into work

  • Almost always voted against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed


  • Consistently voted against restricting the provision of services to private patients by the NHS

  • Consistently voted for reforming the NHS so GPs buy services on behalf of their patients

  • Has never voted on allowing terminally ill people to be given assistance to end their life


  • Voted for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year

  • Consistently voted for academy schools

  • Consistently voted for ending financial support for some 16-19 year olds in training and further education

  • Consistently voted for university tuition fees

For full voting record go to They Work for you