Examination of Witnesses

Part of Pension Schemes Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:31 am on 23rd October 2014.

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Matthew Oakley: I go back to my point about making sure that people are coming with the right information. One thing that you could do quite straightforwardly is ensure that there is a one-page summary of each of the pension pots that someone has, which people are provided with before they go to the guidance, which they can collate and take in. That is one distinct thing that could happen straight away. There are various names for this—pensions passport being one of them—and that is an immediate thing that could happen.

In the longer term, you can start to think about whether, as they have done in Sweden with the orange envelope, you could start to have a data-led solution—a midata example, where you have an online platform potentially, where you can bring together information about everyone’s pensions pots in one place, alongside the state pension and alongside an understanding of their savings portfolio to really give them that information, so you can start to have discussions with them an awful lot earlier. That is the kind of thing—consumer information power—that we want to see much more of.