Paul Maynard likely to be pensions minister

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Paul Maynard is understood to be the new pensions minister. The Department for Work and Pensions has not confirmed the appointment.  
A spokesperson for the Pensions Management Institute said the PMI has received an email from Maynard’s private office informing them of his appointment as pensions minister, but the DWP has not confirmed the information.

The MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys is the only minister listed on the DWP website who has not announced his brief yet. Jo Churchill, who was appointed to the department at the same time as Maynard, is the new minister for employment. 
The PMI welcomed Maynard’s appointment. President Robert Wakefield said: “Mr Maynard comes to the role at a crucial time. The absence of a pensions bill in the King’s Speech has left a range of issues unresolved, and we would welcome an opportunity for an early meeting with Mr Maynard to discuss the direction of pensions policy over the rest of this parliament.” 

Dalriada Trustees has also commented on Maynard's appointment. John Wilson, head of technical, research and policy, said he hoped that Maynard is ready to hit the ground running as the new pensions minister. 

"He will find his inbox very full – General Code; funding regulations; dashboards; and, of course, the Mansion House reforms, where he may find that he will be working closely with his predecessor," said Wilson. 

"We hope that the reshuffle will not mean further delays for these important initiatives, many of which [are] fundamental to effective governance of workplace pensions and more engagement and ultimately better outcomes for members," he added.
A former political adviser and speechwriter, Maynard joins from the Department for Transport, where he had already been between 2016 and 2018. He has also served as parliamentary under secretary at the Ministry of Justice and was previously a government whip. 
What should Maynard focus on first and foremost? 

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