Pensions minister Guy Opperman leaves post after record five years

Hexham MP confirms he was ‘relieved of duties’ earlier this month

Hope William-Smith
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The UK’s longest serving pensions minister, MP Guy Opperman, has left the post after a record 1,913 days in office.

Opperman today (20 September) said he was "relieved of his duties" on 8 September but had refrained from making the news public until after the period of mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. His record-long period as pensions minister at the Department for Work and Pensions saw the lifting of auto-enrolment (AE) workplace pensions to 8% savings per annum and a 44 percentage point increase in the number of women and young people in workplace arrangements. "We passed the ground-breaking Pensions Schemes Act 2021 through parliament," Opperman added. "The act has secured ou...

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