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Work & Pensions


When John first became Weston’s MP in 2005 he was one of the few newly-elected Conservatives who volunteered for the Parliamentary Committee (the ‘Select Committee’ in the jargon) that monitored the Government’s performance on Work and Pensions, and held Ministers to account when things went wrong.

Work and Pensions is an enormous Government Department which handles everything from the state and workplace pensions, the Child Support Agency (CSA), through benefits paid to people who are sick or disabled, plus finding jobs for people who are out of work and health and safety legislation as well.

John volunteered for the job partly because, as MP for an area which has plenty of retired folk, he wanted to keep an eye on what the (then Labour) Government was up to on pensions. And partly because he felt that the benefits system was badly broken and needed to be fixed, so it rewards people who work, and who put something by for a rainy day.

Over the next 4 years, until he was promoted to become Conservative spokesman for Business in 2009, John worked on a series of cross-party studies and reports recommending how these areas could be improved. In that time he covered Pensions [Pension Reform], Carers [Valuing and Supporting Carers], Benefits Reform [Benefits Simplification] with an Annexe [Page 108] which prefigured many later Coalition Government policies from 2010 onwards, Child Support [Child Support Reform], Incapacity Benefits [Incapacity Benefits and Pathways to Work], Employment Strategy [The Government's Employment Strategy] and Health & Safety [The role of the Health and Safety Commission and the Health and Safety Executive in regulating workplace health and safety].

John’s involvement didn’t end there, of course. He continues to support local organisations involved in these issues, like Weston's Senior Citizen Forum, Crossroads (helping local carers) and You Tree (supporting local cancer sufferers); and he remains strongly committed to a benefits and a pension system that clearly and systematically rewards people who do the right thing (like work and save) and which, as a result, has the public's trust.

Updates



Local MP welcomes real-terms fall in Weston’s water bills

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As Wessex Water announced today that they will keep any bill increases to below inflation levels until 2020, Weston’s MP (who is also the author of a paper on reforming water, energy and other utilities called “We Deserve Better”) said he was delighted by the move and drew a strong contrast with above-inflation rises in household energy bills.

 

Sunday Politics: John Penrose MP & Steve Webb MP Discuss Pensions

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John Penrose MP joins Steve Webb MP on the BBC's popular Sunday Politics program to discuss the return of pensions...

 

North Somerset Business Leader: Weston pensioners petition John Penrose MP

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An article by North Somerset Business Leader following Ken Lacey, Chairman of Weston’s Senior Citizens Forum, presenting a petition to John Penrose MP, expressing concerns over pension issues...

 

North Somerset Business Leader: Weston pensioners petition John Penrose MP

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An article by North Somerset Business Leader following Ken Lacey, Chairman of Weston’s Senior Citizens Forum, presenting a petition to John Penrose MP, expressing concerns over pension issues...

 

North Somerset Business Leader: Weston pensioners petition John Penrose MP

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An article by North Somerset Business Leader following Ken Lacey, Chairman of Weston’s Senior Citizens Forum, presenting a petition to John Penrose MP, expressing concerns over pension issues...

 
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