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&#39Lift barriers to schemes&#39

The Government must change the design of employer-sponsored defined-contribution schemes if it is to achieve its ambition to improve the 40/60 private/state benefit dependency ratio to 60/40 by 2050, warns a report by the Pensions Institute at Cass Business School.

It says means-testing discourages advisers from promoting membership to lower earners while negligible profit margins are forcing advisers and providers to withdraw from the market for smaller schemes.

Report author Debbie Harrison says: “The Government has not recognised where the real barriers to participation lie.”

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