West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas says he is delighted to have secured a place as a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee.
Chaired by veteran MP Frank Field who served as the Minister for Welfare Reform in the Tony Blair administration in the late 1990s, the committee examines the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Work and Pensions.
Currently the committee is holding inquiries on a wide range of issues including the Welfare Safety Net, the Benefit Cap, Disability Employment, Support for Carers and Universal Credit.
“Before I became an MP I spent many years helping people with disabilities into decent jobs and supporting the creation of good job opportunities, including through apprenticeships,” said Mr Thomas.
“I believe that by becoming a member of this select committee I can help make a difference. Through my regular surgeries, I am very much aware that sometimes the way support is assessed can cause unnecessary hardship and anxiety.
“The most effective way that I can bring about improvements to the system is by becoming an active member of the Select Committee and working to bring about the necessary changes.
“I already know Frank Field personally and I look forward to working with him much more closely for the benefit of people in West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.”