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: Less than 50% of people currently take advice on their retirement options. The guidance guarantee will not necessarily help those people who take advice, beyond giving them a bit more help with the questions they should ask their adviser, because they are already seeking advice. The remaining 55% who are not taking advice are currently getting nothing; they are not getting anything that helps them to understand that they should be thinking about how their retirement income will help to support their dependants in the event of their death. It is an additional step. I do not have a number for a sensible take-up in terms of the point at which we would get concerned, but this is not just about the numbers; it is about the quality of the service. If the quality is good and if the marketing—for want of a better word—from Government, regulators, firms and the delivery partners is good, we would hope to see significant take-up, but I do not have a number to put on that.