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Petition backs Asps

Hargreaves Lansdown head of pensions research Tom McPhail (pictured) delivered a petition on Tuesday, signed by over 10,000 people protesting at the Treasury’s threats to scrap Asps in next week’s pre-Budget report.

McPhail says the people who signed the petition expressed anger at the prospect of forced annuitisation. He says attempts to restrict Asps to minority Christian groups amounts to religious discrimination.

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