DUP-Conservative deal on pensions - 'could open door to cuts in tax relief'

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Steve Webb - Director of Policy

Steve Webb

Director of Policy, Royal London

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Commenting on the agreement reached between the Conservatives and the DUP, Steve Webb, Director of Policy at Royal London said:

Retaining the triple lock is likely to be relatively cheap, now that inflation has risen above the 2.5% floor. Means-testing winter fuel payments was always going to be complex and controversial, so many Conservative MPs will be pleased to see this policy ditched. However, the DUP decision to back Conservative Finance Bills probably means a greater likelihood of getting cuts to pension tax relief through Parliament’.

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Royal London is the largest mutual life, pensions and investment company in the UK, with funds under management of £117 billion, 8.8 million policies in force and 3,745 employees. Figures quoted are as at 30 June 2018.

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Steve Webb, Director of Policy, Royal London