The Prime Minister has confirmed the appointment of Penny Mordaunt MP as the new Government Minister responsible for Health and Safety.
The full title of the role is “Minister of State for Disabled People, Health & Work” and the full list of the Minister’s responsibilities is:-
Oversight of the Health & Safety Executive & Office for Nuclear Regulation
Cross-government disability issues
Disability employment/halving the disability employment gap, including Disability Confident, Work Choice, Access to Work, the Work & Health Programme and mental health in the workplace
Support for those at risk of falling out of work, including Fit For Work and Statutory Sick Pay
Financial support for sick and disabled claimants, including within Universal Credit, DLA/PIP, ESA, AA, IIDB and CA
Specific welfare/health-related issues, including Mesothelioma Payment Scheme, Motability
DWP/DH Joint Work and Health Unit sponsor
Penny Mordaunt has been the MP for Portsmouth North since 2010. From July 2014 she was a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government. In May 2015 she was appointed Minister of State for the Armed Forces at the Ministry of Defence. On 15 July 2016 she was appointed Minister of State for the Department for Work and Pensions.
Penny Mordaunt was elected Conservative MP for Portsmouth North in 2010. She was educated at Oaklands RC Comprehensive School and at Reading University where she read Philosophy. She worked for Conservative Central Office, becoming Head of Broadcasting under William Hague. In 2000 she served as Head of Foreign Press for George W. Bush’s presidential election campaign.
In Parliament, Penny served on the European Scrutiny Committee, Defence Select Committee, and as chairman of the APPGs for Life Science and for Ageing and Older People. In autumn 2013 she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon. Philip Hammond MP. She served as Minister of State for the Armed Forces from May 2015 until July 2016. Outside Politics Penny Mordaunt has worked as an aid worker in post-revolutionary Romania before and during university. She was director of communications at Kensington & Chelsea Council and the Freight Transport Association and was a director of Diabetes UK, the Community Fund and the Big Lottery Fund. In 2004 she founded a media company, which she sold in 2010.
The Department of Work and Pensions Ministerial portfolio is attached.
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