Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion)

Guy Opperman MP

Biography

Guy Opperman was appointed as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions on 14 June 2017.

He served as a Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) from 17 July 2016 to 14 June 2017. He was elected Conservative MP for Hexham in May 2010.

Education

Guy was educated at Harrow School, he went on to read law at the University of Buckingham. He also gained a first class diploma from the University of Lille.

Political career

Guy previously served as Private Parliamentary Secretary to Mark Harper, the then Immigration Minister. He served as an Assistant Government Whip from May 2015 until July 2016.

Career before politics

Guy was called to the bar in 1989. He spent 20 years as a barrister and was also Director of his family’s engineering business until 2009.

Personal life

Guy is an amateur jockey and rode his first win in 1985.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion)

The minister’s 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
  • EU Exit preparation relevant to pensions

The role of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Pensions and Financial Inclusion replaced the role of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Pensions in June 2017.

More about this role

Department for Work and Pensions

Previous roles in government

  1. Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
  2. Assistant Government Whip

Announcements

  1. Interim chair of The Pensions Ombudsman announced
  2. Investing in action to combat climate change
  3. Environmental Social Governance (ESG) and responsible investment
  4. Small business shines light on success of automatic enrolment
  5. Radical shake-up of advice to pension schemes will benefit savers and boost £1.6 trillion pension assets
  6. Investment innovation and future consolidation for occupational DC pension schemes
  7. Pension billions could be unlocked to boost economic growth and savers’ returns
  8. Departmental contingent liability notification: National Employment Savings Trust (NEST)
  9. Pensions cold-calling banned
  10. Help for millions of self-employed to save and plan for retirement