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Government reforms may lead to dumbing down in the work-place says Paternoster

Paternoster, the new life assurance company, endorsed the three key elements of the government’s white paper on the future of pensions policy, announced today, but warned that companies may increasingly opt out of defined benefit pensions and switch to purely defined contribution schemes.

Chief executive Mark Wood says: “There is a risk that employers who currently offer a more generous defined benefit scheme will see this additional 3 per cent contribution as the final straw, and may be tempted to switch to a defined contribution arrangement which costs them less, and provides a poorer payout to pensioners.”

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