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ABI chief urges Govt to strengthen pension scam blocking powers


The ABI is pressing the Government ahead of next week’s emergency Budget to strengthen the powers of providers to reject transfers to suspected pension liberation schemes.

Under present rules members have a statutory right to a transfer within six months of making a request.

A number of providers have seen cases where they have blocked transfers taken to the Pensions Ombudsman, but ABI director-general Huw Evans says a series of rulings have failed to provide sufficient clarity on the issue.

Evans says: “Everyone is concerned about fraud because there is obviously a much bigger opportunity for scammers than there was
under the old system.

“The law could be strengthened further to allow providers to reject – without any equivocation or comeback – a transfer request which they believe to be fraudulent. We need absolute legal clarity that, if in doubt, providers can reject a transfer.”

Evans also considers calls from consumer groups for the creation of a state-backed drawdown provider similar to Nest are “premature”.

He says: “The market is only just starting to develop and we should see what it can deliver before looking at Government interventions that create Quangos that could distort the market.

“We have one of the most competitive and effective long-term savings markets in the world and so it seems odd to suggest there is the need for some sort of state intervention.”



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  1. The simplest most cost effective way to stop pension liberation fraudsters & investment fraudsters dead in their tracks is to make it illegal for any investment & pension transfer to take place unless the advice is provided by a regulated adviser & also make it illegal for any provider or ceding scheme to allow a transfer or investment to take place unless they have proof that advice has been given by a regulated adviser & that the money will be invested in a regulated investment. If all aspects of the transaction are regulated then the client’s investment is given maximum protection under current legislation.

  2. Hyman Wolanski 6th July 2015 at 11:30 am

    Whilst that would, undoubtedly, work, it is rather akin to insisting that someone walks in front of a moving car with a red flag to ensure there are no accidents! Whilst many people would undoubtedly benefit from advice, there are people who do not need/want this, so requiring them to take advice is unreasonable. A large part of the problem is that we no longer have a ‘caveat emptor’ environment but have a heavily, yet flawed, regulatory environment.

    On a more constructive note, just make pension scams illegal and those involved in promoting them guilty of a criminal act. I bet that would do the job!

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