UK - Malcolm Wicks has been appointed as pensions minister in the latest government reshuffle - the sixth since 1997.
He will take over from Ian McCartney who left to become Labour Party chairman in April.
Wicks was previously parliamentary under-secretary of state in the department for work and pensions and has been the MP for Croydon North since 1992.
Industry figures welcomed the move to appoint a minister – a decision it took the DWP almost three months to make.
B&CE Benefit Schemes deputy chief executive John Jory said: “Malcolm Wicks faces a big task ahead of him – there is much work to be done to improve the UK pensions system and we need to see measures introduced that will give stability and confidence to individuals and employers alike.”
Buck Consultants head of technical services Kevin LeGrand added: “Finally we can take down the ‘situation vacant’ sign at the DWP.”
He added: “Malcolm Wicks should be in no doubt about the enormous task in hand.
“Now more than ever we need someone who will get stuck in; we don’t need more dithering, we need sensible reform.”
*Pensions ministers since 1997 include Frank Field, John Denham, Stephen Timms, Jeff Rooker and Ian McCartney.
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