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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries

New hand on the DWP tiller


The recent UK cabinet reshuffle has resulted in the announcement of a new secretary of state for work and pensions, Esther McVey. Guy Opperman remains junior minister with responsibility for pensions. McVey was previously the government’s deputy chief whip, and has also served as a junior minister in the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), as parliamentary under secretary of state for disabled people, and, later, as minister of state for employment. 

Before entering politics, law graduate McVey was a media presenter and producer, working for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4.

Other changes include a new justice minister, David Gauke, who moves from the DWP ; an expansion of the role of health secretary Jeremy Hunt to include social care; and the promotion of Caroline Dinenage from the DWP to minister of state at the newly expanded Department of Health and Social Care.

The IFoA will be writing to new ministers, offering our policy expertise on issues where the actuarial profession can provide insight and knowledge.