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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



John Penrose: "Better rural transport 'vitally important' for Weston's villages"

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Investing in transport infrastructure in Weston-super-Mare's surrounding villages is a key issue for the area, John Penrose has said.

 

Cheddar Valley Gazette to John: "What would improve Somerset's jobs and economy?"

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The Cheddar Valley Gazette asks how John would look to support businesses and people looking for work in the local area. John talks about the importance of continuing the work to make Weston more attractive to investors, cutting pesky red tape that will in turn create well-paying jobs.

 

Cheddar Valley Gazette to John: "What should we do to help the elderly?"

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The Cheddar Valley Gazette asks how John would look to support older people in our community. John speaks about how important it is to ensure our elderly are financially secure - through fair pensions and saving schemes. In addition, John reminds us how important it is to look after the more vulnerable with benefits such as the Winter Fuel Payments, free tests, free travel and TV licenses.

 

Penrose welcomes highly encouraging employment news

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John at the Weston Jobs FairIn the same week as his highly-successful Jobs Fair drew praise from local jobseekers and employers alike, MP John Penrose welcomed news that unemployment has fallen to just 2.4% in Weston and the surrounding villages...

 

John's Policy Paper: We Deserve Better

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Former Minister John Penrose's complete 'We Deserve Better' Policy Document, which outlines a means to replace failed economic regulators with consumer reforms, so we all get a better deal on our utilities.

 


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