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DSS facing the axe in Whitehall department shake-up

The DSS is set to be abolished if Labour secures a second term in

Government, with pension policy likely to shift to a new department or even

the Treasury.

Speculation is mounting that there will be a reshuffle and rejigging of

Government departments, with reports that the DSS is will be replaced. Some

believe it will be rolled into the Treasury while others say it will become

part of a new Ministry for Work and the Family.

Such a ministry would combine welfare and education, and is likely to be

headed by Alastair Darling, who, as Social Security Secretary, was

responsible for stakeholder. Patricia Hewitt, who IFAs will remember as a

former Economic Secretary to the Treasury, is thought to be another

possible contender.

The most recent Treasury Economic Secretary Melanie Johnson is widely

expected by lobbyists to lose her job, with Ruth Kelly who has a background

in the financial services industry tipped as a possible replacement.

Pensions minister Jeff Rooker has been made a peer and it is uncertain

whether a replacement will be appointed

Jackson Consultancy managing director Ralph Jackson says: “There are going

to be structural changes at the DSS but it is not clear how these will work

out. The likely majority does not mean that it will not have a difficult

ride.”

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