UK - The new secretary of state for work and pensions James Purnell says he will be getting on with the big decisions for the future, following Peter Hain's resignation yesterday.
He said: "Clearly I am very honoured to be asked to take on what is a key plank of any new Labour government, in terms of tackling poverty but also giving people the ability to realise their ambitions.
"For too many years, decisions about pensions had been ducked and we are now taking a radical programme of pension reform which will mean that everybody gets the chance to save for a pension.
"Even if you work for a company that doesn't offer you a company pension they will now have to contribute to your pension.
"We will raise the level of the pension overall and pin it to earnings so it goes up faster, but there has to be a quid pro quo for that and that is going to be the fact that we are going to have to work longer."
Purnell announced today that his ministerial team would consist of Stephen Timms, who would join as minister of state for employment and welfare reform, and Mike O'Brien, who would remain minister for pensions reform.
Anne McGuire and James Plaskitt remained as parliamentary under secretaries (Commons), and Lord McKenzie of Luton remained parliamentary under secretary (Lords).
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