Richard Harrington has been confirmed as the new parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), and will cover the workload previously assumed by the minister of state for pensions.
Baroness Ros Altmann was previously in the post, taking over from Steve Webb in 2015, who had served in the role for five years. Altmann left the role as part of the overall cabinet reshuffle following the Brexit vote, which saw the appointment of Theresa May as prime minister.
Mr Harrington is the MP for Watford and also served as parliamentary under secretary of state with responsibility for cross-government coordination as regards the resettlement of Syrian refugees.
A DWP spokesman said of the new appointment: "Pensions remain a key priority for the government and the important work to bring in the new state pension, roll-out automatic enrolment and safeguard the pension freedoms will continue under our new minister for pensions.”
Altmann detailed the priorities that she believed her successor should focus on, which included a major overhaul of pensions tax relief, a review of the defined benefit system and “fair treatment for women” that were in any way affected by state pension age alterations.
Other related changes at the department include the replacement of secretary of state for work and pensions, Stephen Crabb, with Damien Green.