Pension Schemes Bill — Committee (1st Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:11 pm on 7th January 2015.

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Relevant document: 12th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Clauses 1 to 7 agreed.

Amendment 1

Moved by Lord Bradley

1: After Clause 7, insert the following new Clause—


(1) A qualifying money purchase scheme may not sell annuities directly to anyone who has saved with the scheme unless this is the recommendation of an independent annuity broker.

(2) A relevant scheme may provide an independent brokerage service itself.

(3) A self-provided annuity brokerage service will be considered independent for the purposes of this Act if the provision of its services is subject to the direction of independent trustees.

(4) Pension schemes shall ensure that any brokerage service selected or provided meets best practice in terms of providing members with—

(a) an assisted path through the annuity process;

(b) ensuring access to most annuity providers; and

(c) minimising costs.

(5) The standards meeting best practice for annuity brokerage services shall be defined by the Pensions Regulator after public consultation.

(6) The standards set out in subsection (5) shall be reviewed every three years and, if required, updated.”