From 1997-1998 Frank was Minister for Welfare Reform. He then served as a member of the Public Accounts Committee between 2002 and 2005. Frank currently chairs the Pension Reform Group which he helped set up in 1999. The group has acted as an important independent think tank promoting the Universal Protected Pension as the best means to reform pensions. In 2010, in recognition of his expertise in the fields of poverty and welfare, Frank was appointed Chair of the Independent Review on Poverty and Life Chances. He is active in his local constituency, including acting as Chair of the Liverpool City Region Poverty and Life Chances Commission.