Minister of State for Pensions

The Rt Hon Steve Webb


Steve Webb was appointed Minister of State for Pensions in May 2010. He was elected Liberal Democrat MP for Thornbury and Yate in May 2010.


Steve studied philosophy, politics and economics at Hertford College, Oxford.

Political career

Steve was the Member of Parliament for Northavon from 1997 to 2010 and held a number of posts in the Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet including Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Career outside politics

Steve worked as an economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies from 1986 to 1995 before being appointed Professor of Social Policy at Bath University.

Personal life

Steve is married with 2 children. He is actively involved in the Parliamentary Christian Fellowship and his hobbies include the internet and computing, music and being an armchair supporter of West Bromwich Albion.

Minister of State for Pensions

The Minister of State for Pensions is responsible for:

  • pensions policy, state pensions and Pension Credit
  • private pensions, automatic enrolment and NEST
  • The Pensions Regulator, Pension Protection Fund, Financial Assistance Scheme, The Pensions Advisory Service and the Pensions Ombudsman
  • Fuller Working Lives
  • Social Fund
  • Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments
  • child maintenance


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  1. New relationship support offered to expectant parents

    • 26 March 2015
    • Press release
  2. New report from Dr Ros Altmann calls for greater support for over 50s in employment

    • 11 March 2015
    • Press release
  3. New cash for innovative family support projects

    • 8 March 2015
    • Press release
  4. Pension freedoms protected and new breed of pension schemes become law

    • 4 March 2015
    • Press release
  5. FCA and DWP publish call for evidence on transaction costs

    • 2 March 2015
    • Press release
  6. Appointment of new Trustees to the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) Corporation

    • 27 February 2015
    • Press release
  7. Government reforms to stop savers losing ‘mini’ pension pots

    • 11 February 2015
    • Press release
  8. Millions more offered free pension statement

    • 7 February 2015
    • Press release
  9. Preferred candidate for new Pensions Ombudsman named

    • 5 February 2015
    • Press release
  10. Bigger and better Pension Tracing Service ready to help

    • 1 February 2015
    • Press release