Examination of Witnesses

Part of Pension Schemes Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:30 am on 21st October 2014.

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Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions 9:30 am, 21st October 2014

And to enjoy it to the full. Picking up on Stephen’s questions about guidance and advice, I want to ask our colleagues from the FCA about two scenarios. First, where someone accesses guidance, there is an argument, in terms of regulated financial advice, that there is all-singing, all-dancing, customised, regulated, tailored, expensive stuff, and there is nothing in the middle—there is no cheap and cheerful advice. Could you give us your thoughts on whether that is wrong, and whether there is something that looks a bit like that already, or whether you are trying to foster that? Is there advice for people who have  perhaps got a taste, following guidance, who would not necessarily pay the full cost of a full-blown advice session? Is there something in the middle?