Tag Archives: Steve Webb

Time to ditch the “institutional” from pensions


  There has always been a gulf between retail and institutional pensions. But I have never felt it so inappropriate . Retail pensions were sold on commission, organised by insurance company and regulated by the Treasury via the FCA and its … Continue reading

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What employers want to help them choose their pension.


The Pension Regulator has commissioned some research on what small employers want from pensions. I can share with you some of the key findings “48% of small and 79% of micro employers currently have no pension scheme so will have … Continue reading

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Note to @stevewebb1 – My Pot can follow me to CDC.


John Ralfe, at a City seminar claimed there was no appetite for CDC either among employers or among members of pension schemes. Well I disagree; the people I talk to who are not in pensions say they want change- new … Continue reading

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Ros Altmann’s presentation on the merits of employing #olderworkers


14 Jul 14 – Fuller Working Lives: Announcing the new Business Champion for Older Workers. A joint ILC-UK/DWP event hosted by Legal & General from ILC- UK   According to Office for National Statistics estimates, in the next 10 years … Continue reading

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“We are as concerned as we can afford to be”


The DWP has now presented the draft bill that will enable Defined Ambition pensions to be set up, probably from this time in 2016.  While lawyers pour over the clauses, it’s worth considering the responses the Government received to the ideas … Continue reading

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Auto-enrolment needs common data standards!


  At a recent meeting of the CIPP’s working group “The Friends of AE”, (FoAE) concern was expressed to Pensions Minister Steve Webb that without the introduction of a common data standards, the wheels might fall off auto-enrolment. According to … Continue reading

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Andrew Young – 65 not out – a pensions legend!


  Andrew Young is the Pension Regulator’s Strategy Director, he is the go to guy in UK pensions if you want to understand the implications of Government Policy. He has been a mentor to me since I first met him … Continue reading

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Make AE tardy bosses a “cause of innocent merriment”.


My object all sublime The stated purpose of auto-enrolment is to include 11m people currently excluded from pensions savings in good quality workplace pension schemes so they can receive more from the pensions system than their state pension entitlement. I … Continue reading

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The public are in a “win-win” from pensions (for once) !


  This report appeared in a recent edition of the Telegraph on the Monday before the Queen’s Speech. The insurers have suffered their fair share of turbulence so far this year. The shake-up of the annuities market unveiled in the Budget, … Continue reading

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Looks like the cost of buying a pension’s just gone through the floor


Good news- one insurer has just slashed its pension prices to make income drawdown affordable for all. For years we’ve been told that income drawdown was too expensive a pension management system for all but the DC glitterati. The consensus … Continue reading

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