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UK faces £9trn savings deficit

The financial services sector must “embrace reforms” as the UK tackles a £9trn retirement savings deficit, the Chartered Insurance Institute says.

A report from the institute, published on Monday, suggests the average pensioner’s savings will fall short of what is required to adequately cope with day to day living expenses and the costs of long-term care.

The £9trn deficit figure, which equates to an average annual shortfall of £16,700 per person, assumes pensioners retiring over the next 40 years achieve the current average retirement income, all have debts to pay down and one in four need long-term care.

However, the CII says there are “significant barriers” to long-term saving in the UK including complexity surrounding the UK’s tax system, trust issues due to mis-selling scandals and uncertainties about the future, and a low level of knowledge about the scale of the challenge that will face individuals entering retirement.

CII director of policy and public affairs David Thomson says: “It’s clear the scale of the problem is massive, but not insurmountable.

“The financial services sector must shoulder its responsibility and embrace reforms in legislation aimed at improving the standards of living and levels of trust in financial products and providers.

“Equally, these reforms must be communicated.”

Thomson also urged cross-party collaboration “to provide the public with certainty” around future rules.

In a contribution to the report pensions minister Steve Webb (pictured) says: “The next generation face a different world, with increasing life expectancy, the decline in final salary schemes and lower annuity rates. They are going to have to take greater personal responsibility for their retirement.”

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  1. Richard Brydon 9th May 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Hands up all you financial advisers; how many regular premium savings plans have you sold recently? How many regular premium personal pensions have you sold recently? Can any adviser get involved with low premium business any more? No, we certainly can’t. The savings shortfall will continue unabated.
    And I didn’t make a mistake when I used the word sold instead of the word advise. People buy problems and I sell solutions, although advice is behind it all.
    If only we still had the Pru man etc flogging his savings plans. We wouldn’t have the savings shortfall that we have today. Well done you regulators, you’ve almost brought the country to its knees.

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