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Is Treasury turning?

Brokers and providers that offered pension term assurance have been in suspended animation since the pre-Budget report crippled the product.

Yet the latest rumblings from the Treasury suggest that PTA may not be facing extinction.

It is understood to be consulting over proposals to allow people to take out PTA if they self-certify that they have some form of pension provision.

The proposals are also thought to include building in a maximum sum assured capped at 30 per cent of the current 1.5m lifetime allowance, which would allow consumers to take out up to 450,000 of cover tax free.

Could we see a U-turn in the Budget in March?

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