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Frank Field faces early rift after Altmann attack

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Work and Pensions Committee chair Frank Field faces an early rebellion after a senior committee member slammed his criticism of pensions minister Ros Altmann.

Field described Altmann’s response to a report from the last Parliament’s committee as “miserable” earlier this week.

However, fellow committee member and chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on pensions Richard Graham has condemned Field’s handling of the situation.

He says: “Frank is speaking entirely for himself.

“Most of the new members of the committee – only three of us sat on it in the last Parliament – would prefer its name was not invoked as cover for anti-Government sniping so soon after the committee starts work.”

Field declined to comment.

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  1. Good work Field – accuse us of ripping off the public twice and now also attack the minister. What a guy.

  2. Maybe Frank Field should be put out to grass ? He is miserable because she told the truth no doubt and I have every confidence in her ability to be honest unlike some MP’s.

  3. A miserable response to a miserable pension. The whole thing entirely misses the point. Private companies are not benefit agencies or an unpaid arm of DWP. AE is regarded as tax by many, who rightly wonder what their NI has been funding all these years.

    The idea that a third rate scheme such as AE will make a significant difference is just living in cloud cuckoo land. Allowing pensioners to then ‘trash the cash’ is nothing short of lunacy. (But fine for the Treasury).

    What indolent and incompetent governments should do is to provide a decent State Pension – even if this does mean increasing tax. But the funds need to be ring fenced and some sort of Sovereign Wealth fund created. Presently the UK pays the most parsimonious pension in the whole of the OECD – yet expects individuals and companies to solve their failings for them.

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