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The Money Marketing podcast: What next for pot-follows-member?

In the latest episode of the Money Marketing podcast,we discuss what has become of the pot-follows-member initiative.

Money Marketing pensions reporter Sam Brodbeck talks to Altus director Ben Cocks and  Pension PlayPen founder Henry Tapper  about the options for reform and the challenges for implementation.

Former pensions minister Steve Webb favoured the model as a way to stop the build-up of millions of forgotten pension pots created by auto-enrolment.

However, there were – and remain – critics of the system, which automatically moves savings of £10,000 or less to a member’s new job.

The new Government is yet to reveal whether it is sticking with Webb’s plan, which is due to be rolled out in October 2016 on an opt-in basis.

Pension freedoms has brought the issue into even sharper focus. Pension transfers have come under the spotlight as savers struggle to access their pots, with the Treasury launching a consultation on possible barriers to the freedoms.



Ben Cocks: DWP’s deafening silence on pot-follows-member

I like the pot-follows-member policy. Obviously it will help avoid a proliferation of small and easily forgotten pension policies but, more importantly, it will show both customers and the industry that pensions can be quickly and easily transferred between providers. Without this free flow of assets it’s hard to see how pension freedoms can be […]


Experts warn of pensions brain drain as Webb and McClymont lose seats

The pensions industry is reeling after leading figures lost their seats, resulting in a pensions ‘brain drain’ in the House of Commons. Pensions minister and Liberal Democrat Steve Webb, shadow pensions minister Gregg McClymont, shadow Treasury minister Cathy Jamieson and work and pensions select committee chair Dame Anne Begg all lost their seats. Hargreaves Lansdown […]


DWP reveals details of pension auto-transfer plans

The Department for Work and Pensions has published more details on its plans to tackle an estimated 50 million small pension pots, including which schemes are in scope and how the programme will be rolled out. In a paper published today, the Government confirms money purchase pots of less than £10,000 will automatically follow a […]


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  1. diana stephenson 27th August 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Ben Cocks talks sense, pot follows member is a good idea as the FS industry is making a fortune out of transfer fees! Plus you have to consolidate to take pension freedoms each pot comes with a rainforest worth of paperwork and warnings to put you off.

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