Although Guy Opperman has been confirmed as a DWP Minister of State, he has not been given a title or key responsibilities. This is all we get – which is good news – but not enough!
Guy Opperman was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions on 27 October 2022.
He was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions between 14 June 2017 and 8 September 2022.
Today is the first day of Pensions Awareness Week, something that in his former role as Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion , he championed.
Can Mel Stride please make clear who is Pensions Minister and give us some ministerial stability? Workie and Big Zuu feel like long-shots.
Guy Opperman’s been in office for 7 years, 5 of them have been as Pensions Minister, he has a bigger title and he may get a bigger role.
There are some very able junior ministers in the DWP who may well be able to fill his shoes and benefit from being part of a DWP team that for the first time in a long time – looks to be able to take big pension decisions in its stride.
Great news that Laura Trott MP also joins us as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State. Welcome Laura! pic.twitter.com/OlhpEC9oZH
— Department for Work and Pensions (@DWPgovuk) October 28, 2022
The House Of Commons will sit at 2.30pm, starting with questions to the Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Mel Stride.
I will watch who takes questions on pensions with some interest!