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Projections from the government's Office for National Statistics suggest that the rise in life expectancy over recent years is slowing down.

An MP has proposed plans to lower the age for auto-enrolment from 22 to 18 and to extend the scheme to lower and part-time earners.

Retirement provider XPS Pension Group says its Pension Transfer Value Index climbed to a new high of £270,000 at the end of November due to forecasts of increased inflation and a dip in gilt yields.

Back in May I talked about the FCA’s proposal to get more people using Pension Wise guidance before they accessed their pension. My point then was that the timing of the “nudge” was all wrong – when an individual contacts their provider to access their pension, they have already made their mind up what they want to do.

 

The Government is consulting on proposals to bring forward the rise in the State Pension Age to 68 from 2044 to 2037 resulting in millions being forced to wait longer for the state pension.

The Financial Conduct Authority wants pension providers, including SIPP firms, to offer a default investment option to non-workplace pension clients.

Over half (54%) of UK adults have had their plans to retire affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, according to new research.

In the space of 24 hours earlier this month we had two new pieces of legislation which impact pension transfers. The fireworks started early on the anniversary of the discovery of the gunpowder plot, with the publication of the Finance Bill (No. 2) which includes the new rules on changes to normal minimum pension age (NMPA). Bonfire Night itself caused less of a bang with the introduction of the new rules on the statutory right to transfer.

The House of Lords has voted to reject a controversial bill to suspend the Pensions Triple Lock and instead sent the bill back to the Commons to be reconsidered.

The decision to raise the normal minimum pension age (NMPA) from 55 to 57 was announced back in 2014 at the same time as Pension Freedoms. Clearly this wasn’t the big headline at the time but now we have draft legislation we are seeing news stories as some of the complexities of how the change is being implemented come to light.

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