Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Pensions

Richard Harrington


Richard Harrington was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions on 17 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Watford in May 2010, and was re-elected in May 2015.


Richard attended Leeds Grammar school and was awarded a scholarship to Oxford University, studying law at Keble College.

Political career

He previously served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State jointly at the Home Office, the Department for Communities and Local Government, and the Department for International Development from September 2015 until July 2016.

Career outside politics

His business career started with the John Lewis Partnership and he eventually ran a business, which at its peak had 2,000 employees in 7 countries.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Pensions

The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • pensioner benefits, including new State Pension, Winter Fuel Payments and Pension Credit
  • State Pension age review
  • credit unions
  • private and occupational pensions, including automatic enrolment and the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST)
  • oversight of pensions arms-length bodies, including the Pensions Regulator, Pension Protection Fund, Financial Assistance Scheme, Pensions Advisory Service and Pensions Ombudsman

The role of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Pensions replaced the role of Minister of State for Pensions in July 2016.

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

    • 2015 to 2016


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