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Chartwell says savings compulsion still needed

IFA Chartwell has warned the Sandler review will not meet some of its original objectives such as encouraging those on low incomes to save despite being “well-intentioned”.

The IFA says that the simple range of products will not get people to save without a long term learning process and some element of compulsion.

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