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Thinktank to draw up compulsion blueprint

The Social Market Foundation has set up a working group to design a practical model for pension compulsion.

The group will bypass discussions over the merits of compulsion and focus on producing a workable model. Watson Wyatt partner Michael Wadsworth is chair and members include FSA consumer panel member Harriet Hall, TUC pensions officer Michelle Lewis, Standard Life chief executive Trevor Matthews, NAPF policy director Joanne Segars and LSE lecturer in pol- icy studies Sarah Smith.

The thinktank has produced a report which looks at issues such as how much people need to save, who would manage pension savings and whether people would offset compul- sory savings by saving less elsewhere or borrowing more.

The group is expected to report in early autumn in the run-up to the Pensions Commission chairman Adair Turner’s report.

SMF spokesman Robin Harding says: “We want to contribute to the debate by bringing out the practical issues which are sometimes overlooked.”

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