Frank Field took his seat in the House of Lords as a Non-Affiliated peer in September 2020. Previously he was Member of Parliament for Birkenhead between 1979 and 2019, sitting as a Labour MP until 2018, and thereafter as an Independent. He was elected by MPs in 2015 to be Chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, a position he held until 2019, having chaired the committee in its previous incarnation as the Social Security Select Committee between 1990 and 1997. Between 1997 and 1998 he was Minister for Welfare Reform in the first Blair Government and in 2010, he was appointed by the then Prime Minister, David Cameron, to lead an Independent Review on Poverty Life Chances which culminated with the publication of The Foundation Years: preventing poor children becoming poor adults. His Politeia publications include Revisiting Beveridge: A Benefits and Welfare System for the 21st Century (with Andrew Forsey, 2020) and Working Welfare: Contributory Benefits, the Moral Economy and the New Politics (2013).

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