CBI supports plan for clearer pension charges
24 August 2012
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has revealed that it is backing proposals from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) to make pension charges clearer for consumers.
Head of pensions policy at the CBI Jim Bligh stated it should improve understanding of pension products among members of the general public.
He explained this in turn could lead to a rise in the number of people saving, as it will show them the clear benefits of putting money away for their future to ensure a comfortable retirement.
The ABI's plan is designed to improve transparency across the whole of the pensions industry, as well as to raise consumer confidence ahead of the introduction of auto-enrolment by the coalition government this autumn.
It has sent a joint letter to the Pensions Regulator and the Financial Conduct Unit of the Financial Services Authority laying out its proposals for the pension industry in the UK.
Director-general of the ABI Otto Thoresen said: "While charges for contract-based pensions have reduced dramatically in recent years, we must ensure that, across all types of defined contribution pensions, information on charges and costs is available, clear and meaningful and helps employees make the right decisions about their pension."
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Posted by Claire Ford