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&#3972% of FS schemes are closed to new entrants&#39

Seventy-two per cent of final-salary schemes are closed to new

entrants and nearly all employers say the Pensions Green Paper will

not increase pension saving, says the Association of Consulting


A survey by the ACA shows that 9 per cent of defined-benefit schemes

are also closed to new contributions from existing members.

The poll of 336 firms employing 1.8 million staff reveals that 93 per

cent of employers think the Green Paper will be ineffective in

encouraging greater occupational pension provision.

The research also says that combined employer and employee

contributions into final-salary schemes average 17.6 per cent which

is more than double the average contributions into money-purchase

schemes at 8.7 per cent.

The ACA found that emp-loyers were concerned at the knock-on effect

of the proposed £1.4m lifetime limit, with 55 per cent saying

the limit would cause problems with senior staff and 42 per cent

saying the proposals would lead to sch-emes being redesigned.

Chairman Gordon Pollock says: “Occupational pension provision is on

the decline and the flight away from final-salary arr-angements has

accelerated disturbingly over the last six months.

“Almost daily, we see household-name businesses taking action to

red-uce their pension costs.”

Intelligent Pensions technical Manager David Trenner says: “Gordon

Brown has been taking large amounts from pension schemes since 1997

and the Inland Revenue insisted you could not run a pension with a

large surplus. It does not take an economist to work out why

defined-benefit schemes are in trouble.”


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