9am - 1pm (registration from 8.30am)
Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR
This seminar will be a timely opportunity to discuss the implications of policy developments in the sector and steps that can be taken to grow and protect retirement income in the UK.
It takes place as the Financial Conduct Authority and The Pensions Regulator (TPR) consult on a new joint strategy on regulating the pensions and retirement income sector, Government continues to develop the Pensions Dashboard and as the market continues to react to the introduction of pension freedoms, with changes to tax rules and the scrapping of the mandatory annuity purchase.
Delegates will discuss the protection of savers and retirees and the latest thinking on how to tackle fraud and concerns over employers who fail to meet basic guidelines, following the proposal of increased powers for The Pensions Regulator in the Defined Benefit white paper. Planned sessions will focus on the regulation of the pensions sector with the TPR and the FCA expected to publish their joint strategy for retirement income this Autumn, and consider the potential impact of proposals on the future of risk assessment for investment, employer duties and transparency in retirement income.
Further sessions will touch on what more can be done to stimulate innovation from providers, competitiveness in the market and the future for the annuities market. Discussion will follow calls from the Work and Pensions Committee for guidance to be mandatory when seeking to exercise pension freedoms, steps that can be taken to encourage switching and inform consumer behaviour.
Draft agenda subject to change
8.30 - 9.00 Registration and coffee
9.00 - 9.05 Chair’s opening remarks Senior Parliamentarian
9.05 - 9.35 Regulating the pensions and retirement income sector report - key findings Senior speaker to be announced Questions and comments from the floor
9.35- 10.35 The future of the post-pension freedoms marketplace - advice, investment and reforms
Kay Ingram, Director of Public Policy, LEBC
David Burrowes, Chairman, Equity Release Council
Paul Bannister, Chief Executive Officer, Evolve Pensions
Jackie Spencer, Proposition Manager, Money Advice Service
Senior representative, annuity provider
Questions and comments from the floor with senior speaker to be confirmed
10.35 - 10.40 Chair’s closing remarks
10.40 - 11.10 Coffee
11.10 - 11.15 Chair’s opening remarks
11.15 - 11.45 Policy priorities for retirement income
David Bateman, Head of Defined Contributions Policy, Department for Work and Pensions Questions and comments from the floor
11.45 - 12.55 Planning for retirement - protecting owners, the Pensions Dashboard and next steps for policy
Dominic Lindley, Director of Policy, New City Agenda
Rob Yuille, Head of Retirement Policy, Association of British Insurers
Stephanie Hawthorne, Freelance Journalist and former Editor, Pensions World
Charles McCready, Director, Tax Incentivised Savings Association
Senior representative, master trust
Questions and comments from the floor
12.55 - 13.00 Chair’s and Westminster Business Forum closing remarks
Peter van Gelder, Director, Westminster Business Forum