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

The alternative scenario is someone does not access the guidance at all. So take-up will not be 100%; there will be a set of people who do not access it because they know what they are doing, but there will be some people, for whatever reason, who do not take it up. What thoughts have you had on safeguards? My provider does their bit, tells me that guidance is available, I do not take it up, and I then make a retirement choice. Do you think there is a need for any second defence—that I have to sign something that says, “I am married, and I realise my widow will get nothing.” Do you think you need any safeguards?