Selaine Saxby, the Member of Parliament for North Devon, has been appointed as a
Member of the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee. The Committee scrutinises the work of the Department for Work and Pensions. This means North Devon will have a key voice in ensuring that welfare and pensions payments work the best they can for people across the constituency and the wider United Kingdom.
“I am delighted to have been nominated to sit on this influential committee, meaning that I can make sure the Government is held to account, make work pay, and support pensioners and those looking to get in to work.
Having visited the Job Centre Plus in Barnstaple I was impressed by the work of the team there. In particular, the hard work that has gone into the role out of Universal Credit in North Devon. I want to use this opportunity to do what I can to help more people get back into work and support services like Job Centre Plus.
Additionally, I want to work with charities and organisations such as The Calvert Trust and Pluss, to understand what more can be done to support disabled workers in work and those looking for work. It is inspiring to see the work that our local charities do to help build confidence in those with disabilities, and there is a lot that can be learnt from their experience.
North Devon also has a large proportion of constituents who claim their pensions, and I want to make sure they are looked after with an efficient and accessible pensions system. I will use this role to ensure any concerns they have, or challenges they face with the existing system are raised to the Minister directly, holding the Department of Work and Pensions to account.”