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Where we have identified any third party copyright information you will need to obtain permission from the copyright holders concerned. Consultation on proposed regulations introducing requirements for individuals to be nudged to obtain appropriate pensions guidance by trustees and managers of occupational pension schemes. This consultation seeks views and evidence on the proposed regulations relating to occupational pension schemes to implement section 19 of the Financial Guidance and Claims Act The draft Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes Disclosure of Information Amendment Regulations propose to require the trustees and managers of schemes in scope to ensure individuals seeking to access, or transfer for the purpose of accessing, their pension flexibilities generally, defined contribution benefits have received or opted out of receiving appropriate pensions guidance.
The Financial Conduct Authority FCA will have a corresponding duty to make rules to implement section 18 of the Financial Guidance and Claims Act covering personal pension schemes contract-based pension schemes. We would particularly welcome responses from members of occupational and personal pension schemes, employee representatives, Trustee and scheme managers, trades unions, consumer groups, employers, and pension industry professionals, including scheme administrators, independent financial advisors, employee benefit consultants, members of the advisory community and any other interested parties.
The purpose of this consultation is to seek views and evidence on the draft Regulations for delivering a Stronger Nudge to pensions guidance when individuals seek to access, or transfer for the purpose of accessing, their pension flexibilities applying to occupational pension schemes.
Sections 18 and 19 of the Financial Guidance and Claims Act provide the making of rules and regulations respectively to require scheme trustees and managers to refer individuals wishing to access or transfer their pension flexibilities to receive appropriate pensions guidance or to opt out of receiving such guidance prior to accessing or transferring their pension benefits.
The scope of this consultation relates to the draft Regulations to be made under Section 19 of the Financial Guidance and Claims Act The Financial Conduct Authority are responsible for consulting on the proposed rules to be made under Section 18 of the Financial Guidance and Claims Act We wish to establish whether the draft Regulations achieve their intended purpose. We are seeking to understand and welcome views on any impacts and unintended consequences that the draft Regulations might have when implementing these regulations You have just sent a nudge.
practice. In particular, we are interested to find out what effect this may have on the customer journey, how the nudge would fit into existing provider communications and practices, and any foreseeable impacts that may surround this.
Occupational pensions policy is a devolved matter for Northern Ireland. It is anticipated that Northern Ireland will make corresponding regulations. Please ensure your response reaches us by that date as any replies received after that date may not be taken into. Please send your response, highlighting that you are responding to this consultation, preferably by to: pensionsguidance.
When responding, please state whether you are doing so as an individual, or on behalf of a company or representing the views of an organisation. If you are responding on behalf of an organisation, please make sure you tell us who the organisation represents, and where applicable, how the views of the members were assembled. We will publish the government response to the consultation on the GOV. UK website. This consultation is being conducted in line with the revised Cabinet Office consultation principles published in March These principles give clear guidance to government departments on conducting consultations.
We value your feedback on how well we consult. If you have any comments about the consultation process as opposed to comments about the issues which are the subject of the consultationplease them to the DWP Consultation Coordinator. These could include if you feel that the consultation does not adhere to the values expressed in the consultation principles or that the process could be improved. : caxtonhouse. The information you send us may need to be passed to colleagues within the Department for Work and Pensions, published in a summary of responses received and referred to in the published consultation report.
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To find out more about the general principles of Freedom of Information and how it is applied within DWPplease contact the Central Freedom of Information Team, by : freedom-of-information-request dwp. The Central Freedom of Information team cannot advise on specific consultation exercises, only on Freedom of Information issues. information about the Freedom of Information Act. The Pensions Flexibilities, introduced inapply to occupational and personal pension schemes.
The pension flexibilities provisions mean that people can access their pension benefits mainly defined contribution pension benefits from age 55 and have a wider range of options as to what to do with their savings. This service, which was transferred to the Money and Pensions Service MaPS provides free, impartial guidance to help individuals, aged 50 and over with a defined contribution pension, understand the options available to them.
Pension Wise is funded through levies on the financial industry. Currently, trustees and managers are required, under the Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes Disclosure of Information Regulationsto provide to members a statement that free and impartial pensions guidance is available, that members should access this and consider taking independent advice, and to provide members with details on how they may access pensions You have just sent a nudge.
The trustees and managers of schemes in scope are required to do this when they contact a member in connection with what the member may do with their flexible benefits; when a member requests information from them about what the member may do with their flexible benefits or informs them that the member is considering or has made a decision in relation to what to do with their flexible benefits; and when a member has reached normal minimum pension age or meets the ill-health condition. In addition to this, trustees and managers are required to provide a statement informing You have just sent a nudge.
to note the importance of guidance alongside an application form, online access, or any other method of accessing flexible benefits. For schemes in scope, the trustees and managers do not, at present, have to ensure that members have either opted out or received guidance and do not need to facilitate the booking of a guidance appointment.
Pension Wise has been shown to be helpful to those considering how to access their pension pot. While use of the service is increasing, a ificant of DC pots are being accessed without the use of advice or guidance. During the passage of the Financial Guidance and Claims ActParliamentarians tabled a of amendments aimed at increasing take up of Pension Wise guidance. The Government committed to undertake trials to understand how best to nudge people to take Pension Wise guidance or regulated financial advice before accessing or transferring their defined contribution pension.
The of these trials led to the publishing of a statement of policy intent on 28 October Section 19 of the Financial Guidance and Claims Act which inserts a new section B in the Pension Schemes Actonce brought into force, requires the Secretary of State to make regulations via the negative resolution procedure placing duties on trustees and managers of occupational pension schemes to:. The key component of the Stronger Nudge was to increase the prominence of Pension Wise guidance during the call by offering it as a normal part of the pension access journey, presenting it as valuable, and making it easier for pension holders to book a Pension Wise appointment.
The approach was successful at increasing the of pension holders booking and attending a Pension Wise appointment compared to business as usual. None of the characteristics tested showed a ificant difference in outcome. The Stronger Nudge to pensions guidance aims to increase take up of pensions guidance, by requiring trustees and managers to ensure that individuals have either received or opted out of receiving appropriate pensions guidance before proceeding with their application.
The goal of this is to present taking pensions guidance as a normal part of the application process and to require members and other relevant beneficiaries to make an active choice to opt out of receiving guidance.
As part of this, we are proposing that trustees and managers explain the nature and purpose of Pension Wise guidance and facilitate the booking of a Pension Wise appointment for the customer as part of the application process, removing the inertia introduced by having to book their own appointment. We also propose introducing a separate opt out procedure to encourage relevant beneficiaries to seriously consider the value that guidance has and ensure that, where beneficiaries decline guidance, this is an active choice on their part.
In regulation 18C 12 aWe propose to define this as guidance provided by the Single Financial Guidance Body, known as the Money and Pension Service MaPSwhich is accessed during an appointment including the facility for real time, human interaction. Currently, we intend this to refer to Pension Wise guidance which is delivered via telephone, face to face, or online appointments but wish to allow for the possibility of changes to the service in future.
We want the Stronger Nudge to pensions guidance to be delivered to all relevant beneficiaries, aged 50 or above, who contact a scheme to request to access their pension benefits or to transfer those benefits with the intention of accessing their pension flexibilities. Schemes will not need to deliver the nudge to beneficiaries transferring for the sole purpose of consolidation, as we are seeking to ensure individuals either receive or opt out of appropriate pensions guidance before making a final decision about how to access their pension flexibilities.
For these purposes, we have defined a relevant beneficiary as being a member aged 50 or above. Trustees and managers will not be required to nudge members aged under 50, as they may assume that a relevant beneficiary aged under 50 who wishes to transfer their pension benefits out of their existing scheme is doing so for the sole purpose of consolidation. This also ensures that only those who are eligible to receive Pension Wise guidance are nudged to receive it under these regulations, as age 50 is the eligible age for Pension Wise guidance.
Where a member is over 50 but is transferring for the sole purpose of consolidation schemes will not be required to deliver the nudge. Schemes will not have to deliver the nudge to those transferring their rights into a defined benefit scheme where they will be unable to access pensions flexibilities. Trustees and managers will only have a duty to nudge relevant beneficiaries who wish to transfer their pension benefits out of their scheme.
They will not need to deliver the nudge to those contacting them to transfer into the scheme. The Stronger Nudge will not need to be redelivered to members who have already been nudged to obtain appropriate pensions guidance and have confirmed they have received Pension Wise guidance or opted out of receiving that guidance. Draft regulation 18C 2read together with draft regulation 18C 4is intended to reflect the policy intention that the Stronger Nudge should be delivered when an application to access or transfer pension benefits for the purpose of accessing pension flexibilities is received You have just sent a nudge.
the trustees or managers from a relevant beneficiary. Schemes in scope need to ensure they have received confirmation of attendance at a Pension Wise appointment, or an opt out, before proceeding with the application process. We have not defined in the regulations what constitutes an application. We want to allow schemes to make decisions regarding exactly when this process is triggered, taking into that members are likely to contact schemes at different points.
However, we would like this to occur as early as practical within the process, and ideally members should be directed to Pension Wise guidance before they have made a final decision about accessing or transferring with the intention of accessing. Question 1. Do you agree with our proposed approach to defining when the Stronger Nudge should be delivered? If not, what changes do you consider necessary?
Where beneficiaries take up this offer we want trustees and managers to book this appointment for them. This can be implemented via different communication methods. When beneficiaries contact trustees or managers via phone, this should be done over the phone.
For purely digital journeys, trustees and managers could embed the Pension Wise booking tool into their website, or provide a link to the online Pension Wise booking tool. For purely postal journeys, trustees and managers should provide details of how to book a Pension Wise appointment via post. Where a relevant beneficiary wishes to book a Pension Wise appointment themselves, trustees and managers should provide them with details of how to book a Pension Wise appointment.
Question 2. Do you agree with our proposed approach to appointment bookings? We want taking pensions guidance to be presented as a normal part of the application process and for it to be an active choice to opt out of receiving pensions guidance. As such, in draft regulation 18C 7 we are also proposing that the opt-out process must be done through a separate, active communication with the trustees or managers if a specified exemption does not apply.You have just sent a nudge.
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