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 share that concern, particularly around whether we are going to see a continued inertia from consumers. Again, I go back to the point that we really need to keep testing this and have a clear evaluation strategy that says who is taking the guidance, what they are going to do with it, and who has continued to stay with their pension provider when they hit retirement and what are they going into. If we decide in six months, or a year or two, that we have not had an improvement in this market in terms of consumer engagement and making informed choices, we need to consider much broader options. There are other options out there: there is potential for a state-backed scheme, post-retirement; there is potential to draw on the example of NEST, and to use a default scheme on the decumulation side as well. There are options there that we can take, but I would not rush into them right now.