Nearly 60% of advisers believe Pensions Dashboards will help people engage in retirement planning
25 May 2016
A Royal London poll of advisers shows that nearly three fifths, (58%) believe that the introduction of a Pensions Dashboard will encourage people to be more engaged with their retirement planning. The majority of advisers1 would appear to support Royal London’s view that savers risk being left in the ‘slow lane’ unless the UK Government takes a more active role in the successful delivery of a Pensions Dashboard2.
Over two fifths, (43%) think that the introduction of the Pensions Dashboard will encourage more people to seek professional advice and nearly two thirds, (63%) say that a Pensions Dashboard will help them to advise their clients.
However, it is unclear whether a Pensions Dashboard will be in place by 2019 or if it will cover the many different types of pensions an individual might hold. Many people build up multiple pension rights through a combination of state pensions, workplace pensions and personal pensions. Now, with the advent of automatic enrolment into workplace pensions, millions of new small pension pots will be created as individuals move from job to job and potentially build up a separate pension pot in each employment.
A Pensions Dashboard would allow individuals to see their pensions in one place and could link consumers with lost pension pots from previous employments and importantly, prompt people to seek advice as to whether their pension savings are on track. Yet two thirds, (66%) of the advisers that responded to the poll do not expect that a digital pension dashboard will be in place by 2019.
Fiona Tait, Pensions Specialist at Royal London, said:
“There have been several calls to improve the clarity of pensions because they are seen as complex and incomprehensible to savers. Many people are in the dark about what to expect when they retire and at the moment have limited information about their overall pension position. A personalised Pensions Dashboard would really help people to understand what potential pension income they would be able to secure and the sooner this is in place the better.
“It is not surprising that savers find the current systems hard to understand. That is why the role of an impartial adviser is so important, because they do have the expertise and qualifications to help savers, unlike the chief economist at the Bank of England! With all the changes to pensions it is so important that people engage in their pension planning as soon as possible and regularly review how they are doing. Burying their heads in the sand and hoping it all turns out ok in the end is not an option anymore. An impartial adviser can really help to ensure savers get the best outcome.”
- ENDS -
For further information please contact:
020 7506 6740
Notes to editors:
- The adviser poll was conducted between the 28 April and 13 May 2016 and is based on responses from 238 advisers.
- Royal London Policy Paper 5: “Pensions Dashboards around the world” is available to download from www.royallondon.com/policy-papers
About Royal London:
Royal London is the largest mutual life, pensions and investment company in the UK, with Group funds under management of £87.9 billion. Group businesses provide around 9.1 million policies and employ 3,051 people. (Figures quoted are as at 31 March 2016).