Parliamentary Under Secretary of State 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 for Pensions and Financial Inclusion

The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • pensioner benefits, including new State Pension, Winter Fuel Payments and Pension Credit
  • State Pension age review
  • financial inclusion and guidance, including the Single Financial Guidance Body, Credit Union Expansion Project and Post Office Card Accounts
  • private and occupational pensions, including regulatory powers, Automatic Enrolment and the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST)
  • oversight of arms-length bodies, including the Pensions Regulator, Pension Protection Fund, Financial Assistance Scheme and Pensions Ombudsman

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.

Previous roles in government

  1. Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury

    • 2016 to 2017
  2. Assistant Government Whip

    • 2015 to 2016

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