Coffey and Opperman reappointed amid reshuffle

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey and Pensions Minister Guy Opperman have been reappointed to their positions in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s reshuffle.

Coffey has been in her role since 7 September 2019, while Opperman has held his position since 14 June 2017.

Coffey said that she was “thrilled” to have been reappointed and to be “working to transform people’s lives”.

Coffey is the MP for Suffolk Coastal and was elected at the 2010 General Election. She was previously Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs between July 2019 and September 2019.

Hexham MP Opperman said that he was “delighted” to remain and Pensions Minster, adding that “we’ve already achieved a lot, but there’s a lot more to crack on with”.

He continued: “Top priorities are getting the Pension Schemes Bill through the House of Commons and continuing progress on ESG.”

The MPs survived the culling of senior positions, which saw Chancellor Sajid Javid resign and be replaced by Rishi Sunak.

Royal London pension specialist, Helen Morrissey, commented: “It’s great news that Guy Opperman and Therese Coffey remain in post after yesterday’s Cabinet reshuffle.

"At a time when we need to make much needed progress on issues such as the pensions dashboard any change at DWP would have been a disruption. This gives us much needed continuity.”

Commenting on Opperman’s reappointment, Clara-Pensions CEO, Adam Saron, said: “We welcome the reappointment of Guy Opperman as Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion.

“We are grateful for Guy’s contribution to the pensions industry and for his recognition that defined benefit consolidation means safer pensions.

“His support for making consolidation available to employers, trustees and members has been very welcome. We look forward to continuing to work with him.”

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