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Concurrent concern at top-ups

Investors in pension top-up plans could be embroiled in a misbuying

scandal if the Government allows partial concurrency on stakeholder.

Pension providers warn if partial concurrency is offered, tens of

thousands of people paying top-ups to their occupational scheme could lose


Trustees are legally prevented from providing advice to scheme members.

Providers fear people will continue to make payments to AVC schemes,

oblivious to the fact they may be

better off in a stakeholder. Stakeholder is likely to be cheaper, more

flexible on benefits and offer a cash lump sum on retirement.

Carrington Investment Consultants director Mike Hodges says: “We

anticipate everybody will need to be contacted and advised to make sure

what they are doing is in their best interests.”

Clerical Medical pensions strategy manager Nigel Stammers says: “Partial

concurrency will bring the need to review all FSAVC and AVC arrangements of

those eligible for stakeholder.”


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