Field made 'poverty tsar'
Frank Field, the former Labour minister, is to conduct a major review into poverty levels across Britain.
David Cameron has invited Mr Field to be his "poverty tsar", as he puts the fight against deprivation at the heart of his agenda.
Mr Field, a long-time champion of welfare reform, is being asked to consider ways of tackling poverty and improving life chances "consistent with the Government's fiscal strategy".
He is understood to have sought reassurances that he could have a genuine input into policy before accepting the post.
The Birkenhead MP said: "This is a real opportunity to influence the next stage in how our counter-poverty strategy develops."
Mr Field was appointed minister for Welfare Reform by Tony Blair after Labour came to power in 1997, with a brief to "think the unthinkable". But he resigned after clashing with Gordon Brown and Harriet Harman.
Since then he has been a maverick, but highly respected, voice on the Labour backbenches. It is not clear whether his new role could open him to disciplinary action.
The Prime Minister said that understanding the root causes of poverty is vital "if we are going to make Britain a fairer society in which opportunity is more equal".
- 1 Howard Jacobson: Let's see the 'criticism' of Israel for what it really is
- 3 Belgium fan Axelle Despiegelaere lands L'Oreal campaign after World Cup viral photo
- 4 Britney Spears sings 'Alien' without Auto-Tune in embarrassingly brilliant leaked audio clip
- 5 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says 'f*** you' to fans who fear he will die before finishing Westeros saga
Instagram of US airport security chiefs: Lipstick knives and IED training kits among items seized
‘Ryan Gosling got someone pregnant and it's not me. Brazil you think you’re devastated…’
Israel-Palestine crisis: ‘We just want it to end… We don’t deserve to live like this’
Israel-Palestine crisis: Eight killed in Gaza Strip cafe while watching World Cup semi-final
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories
Vanessa Feltz criticises 'vile' reaction to Rolf Harris allegations
£60000 - £75000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Business Analyst Consultant (Fina...
£60000 per annum: Harrington Starr: A leading provider in investment managemen...
£600 - £700 per day: Harrington Starr: AVS, JVS Openlink Endur Developer JVS, ...
£45000 - £60000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: Exciting opp...