Industry welcomes appointment of a longstanding welfare reform campaigner

Frank Field MP has been appointed chairman of the Work and Pensions Select Committee.

Labour MP Field won his seat in 1979 and in his long political career has served as minister for welfare reform, a member of the government’s public accounts committee, and chair of an independent review on poverty and life chances. He is especially known for his role in welfare reform, and championing the interests of lower paid people.

Frank-Field

Frank Field

Field has a longstanding interest in pensions, having helped to set up the Pensions Reform Group, which he currently chairs. He is also a member of the advisory board of think tank Reform.

Neil Latham, a principal at consultancy Punter Southall, welcomed Field’s appointment. “Pensions are very important for the lower paid in our society, particularly as support from the State declines as our population ages.

“Mr Field’s appointment brings a champion of the lower paid into a key role and we hope that he will help Dr Altmann maintain the momentum for auto-enrolment and ensure that our pensions system develops in a fair and proportionate way for all sections of our society.”

Dame Anne Begg was the previous chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee. The Labour MP lost her seat in the 2015 general election.