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Annuity Line eyes post-Budget job cuts as Billy Burrows exits

Announcement comes after radical reforms announced by Chancellor led to a 50 per cent drop in sales

Non-advised brokerage firm Annuity Line is planning to make job cuts after radical reforms announced by Chancellor George Osborne led to a 50 per cent drop in sales.

Billy Burrows, who was previously head of business development, has left the firm to set up his own consultancy, Retirement Intelligence.

Annuity Line chief executive David Slater says the company has already cut “around a dozen” roles from its administration function and is reviewing the remaining 55 positions within the business.

He says: “The Budget announcement shocked the entire industry and as a result we are reviewing the products we sell. Annuity sales are down by about 50 per cent since the Budget but I believe that, in the long term, there will still be demand for secure retirement income products.

“We let around a dozen administration staff go about a month ago and we are reviewing how many people we will need in the future.”

Burrows, a well-known media commentator on pensions, says his new firm will help providers with product development.

He says: “I have some interesting plans about how to provide individual clients with help, guidance and advice about the new retirement options.

“I will also be helping professional advisers and product providers develop their propositions for next year.”

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