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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Tim Sharp: We’re concerned that the guidance guarantee maybe gives a false sense of security that somehow, through a half-hour session, you will create this perfect consumer operating in a perfect market. A lot of Government policy so far, through auto-enrolment or the charge cap, has accepted that it isn’t there and is very hard to create. We think there should be a lot more emphasis on helping schemes to develop strong default options. Particularly with the time scale of bringing in the freedom of choice measures, the schemes are reporting that they are not necessarily going to be able to do all that they would want to bring in robust retirement income options for scheme members. That concerns us greatly.