12 May

Smith’s cabinet post welcomed by the CIPD

first_imgThe latest cabinet reshuffle which sees Andrew Smith appointed as the Workand Pensions secretary in the wake of Stephen Byers’ resignation, has beenwelcomed by the CIPD. Formerly chief secretary to the Treasury, Smith replaces Alistair Darlingwho moves to the Department of Transport. John Philpott, chief economist at theCIPD, believes the move could revitalise the department. “I’m pleased with the appointment as Smith was an instigator in themove towards full employment through the New Deal. There’s a sense the steamhas gone out of the (Work and Pensions) department and his experience will beuseful,” he said. Responsibility for local government and the regions will now split from theTransport Department and be handed to Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott. Stephen Timms becomes the new minister of state for Trade and Industry. Adult skills minister John Healey leaves the Department of Education andSkills to become economic secretary at the Treasury. Stephen Twigg or DavidMilliband will succeed him in the role. Smith’s Treasury position will be filled by Paul Boateng, who becomes thecountry’s first black cabinet minister. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Smith’s cabinet post welcomed by the CIPDOn 4 Jun 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more