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FCA and TPR join forces over pensions’ value for money

FCA executive director of strategy and competition Chris Woolard

The FCA and The Pensions Regulator say they will use a broader range of interventions to drive up value for money for savers.

In their joint strategy on pensions launched today, the watchdogs identify two new priority areas for joint action going forward.

The first is a strategic review of the entire consumer pensions journey – taking an in-depth look at what tools are needed to enable people to make considered decisions about their pensions.

The second is using their powers to drive value for money for members of pension schemes, including the setting and enforcement of clear standards and principles where relevant.

The strategy also identifies other key issues which contribute to the prospect of people not having adequate income, or the income they expected, in retirement.

The regulators say the publication of this strategy marks a new stage in the evolution of both regulators, and in their working relationship.

It also builds on a joint campaign launched to combat the risk of savers being scammed out of their pensions.

FCA executive director of strategy and competition Christopher Woolard says: “We have worked closely with TPR to produce a co-ordinated and cohesive strategy that will produce positive results for people in or approaching retirement. But success in delivering this strategy doesn’t just depend on action by us.

“With the support and collaboration of the government, industry and consumers themselves, we can deliver an environment which contributes to people having higher incomes in their retirement.”

TPR chief executive Lesley Titcomb adds: “The joint strategy further strengthens our close working relationship with the FCA so that through our new approach we can together address earlier any issues that threaten the retirement outcomes for pension savers.

“Our goal is to ensure the people who run workplace pensions meet our expectations so that members can have confidence their savings are protected. We are being clearer, quicker and tougher in the pursuit of this goal and working collaboratively with the FCA is vital.”

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