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Government must take lead role in delivering pensions dashboard

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) says that if the government hopes to achieve its stated aim of delivering pensions dashboards with universal coverage, it must commit to taking a leading role in the project. This comes as the IFoA submits its consultation response on the ‘Pensions Dashboards: Working together for the consumer’ to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

John Taylor, IFoA President-elect said:

“We believe pension savers and the government have much to gain from successful dashboards. The onus will be on the government to compel all pensions providers to participate. We recognise that this will be complex and could impact the project timeframe. However, taking the necessary time to get this right will be crucial to the project’s success, and is clearly in the public interest. A dashboard which only provides a partial picture risks damaging public trust in the tool, and in pensions more generally.

This consultation seeks views on the various practical aspects involved in delivering the project, following the government’s re-commitment to the dashboard in the last Budget. But the IFoA believes the consultation should be seen as the first step towards a bolder plan for financial education which truly engages savers with retirement planning.

John Taylor continued:

The current generation of workers is sleepwalking towards an underfunded retirement. Pensions dashboards will be an essential wake-up call, helping individuals understand their pension savings and the options for achieving an adequate income in later life. Embedding a strong savings culture will help to reduce individuals’ future reliance on state provision, with benefits to all taxpayers.”

~ENDS~

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Notes to Editor

Institute and Faculty of Actuaries response on the ‘Pensions Dashboard: Working together for the consumer’ to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). 28 January 2019

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