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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David Geale: The implementation of the guarantee is in the Treasury’s hands. Our role is to make sure that providers give people the right information at the right times in the way they can access it, to understand their option to take up the guidance guarantee. It is also to ensure that through our monitoring the guidance guarantee process is robust—and, therefore, the quality of what people are receiving. It is really important, I think, just as much as the actual numbers of people going for it. I think if we look at the research, there is conflicting research in the market in terms of what the take-up will be, so Legal & General’s pilot shows very low figures;  Chartered Insurance Institute research shows very high figures. It is incumbent on all of us to help people understand what they are getting; but take-up will be a matter for public choice.