Alex Burghart appointed as pensions minister

22 September 2022

Following Guy Opperman’s dismissal from the role of pensions minister, Alex Burghart has been appointed.

Burghart is the Conservative MP for Brentwood and Ongar and has previously served as parliamentary under-secretary for the Department for Education until July 2022.

His responsibilities include:

  • pensioner benefits, including new State Pension, Winter Fuel Payments, Pension Credit and Attendance Allowance
  • private and occupational pensions, including regulatory powers and the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST)
  • automatic enrolment into a workplace pension
  • oversight of arms-length bodies, including the Pensions Regulator, Pension Protection Fund, Financial Assistance Scheme and Pensions Ombudsman
  • financial guidance, budgeting, saving and debt, including the Money and Pensions Service and Financial Inclusion Policy Forum
  • methods of payment and Post Office Card Accounts
  • Net Zero
  • cross-DWP spokesperson – shadowing Lords.

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