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Pensions committee advice probe attendees revealed


The full list of attendees for the Work and Pensions select committee’s first oral evidence session on pension freedoms guidance and advice has been unveiled.

Witnesses will include The Pensions Advisory Service chief executive Michelle Cracknell and Citizens Advice head of policy research Rachael Badger.

National Association of Pensions Funds chief executive Joanne Segars and Association of British Insurers director general Huw Evans will also give oral evidence.

Finally, Teresa Fritz from the Financial Services Consumer Panel, Pensions Policy Institute director Chris Curry and Hargreaves Lansdown head of pensions research Tom McPhail will also attend the session.

A second session, currently booked for 16 September, will include Treasury economic secretary Harriet Baldwin and senior members of the FCA.

Pensions minister Ros Altmann is not expected to give evidence.

Apfa director general Chris Hannant was not originally expected to attend, but has now been invited to represent advisers following submissions of evidence from both the trade body and members of the advice market.



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There are 5 comments at the moment, we would love to hear your opinion too.

  1. So who will give ‘evidence’ on behalf of the adviser community?

  2. Probably best to exclude the individuals who give the bulk of the advice. Far better to talk to corporate political types – they’re bound to have a better handle on the issues. Sorted.

  3. Well at least they have Tom McPhail. Odd that they have excluded Ros Altmann, but then of course Teresa Fritz is so much better qualified as a professional complainer.

    However on Googling Teresa Fritz I was rather hoping that it would be this one:

    Her muscles might actually be of some use in shifting all the bumpf that will no doubt be created.

  4. Will it go something like….’So what is the problem people?….’Well, it’s complicated and so we need better training and more staff and more local points of contact with the public’…’So you need a wider source of advice? Maybe financial advisers can help, they are in and around every town in the UK?’…’Well no because that goes against the Government’s pledge to provide free guidance’…’So you need a much bigger budget then, one which is part-funded by these same advisers, but still free for the public to access?’…’Now you’re getting it!’

  5. Steve D, looks like you’ve seen the future!

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