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In July 2015, the Government began a consultation on changing how the UK incentivises private pension saving, and the Chancellor is expected to respond to this consultation in the Government’s annual Budget in March 2016.
The Future of Private Pension Saving, kindly supported by Age UK, brought together Parliamentarians, business, academics and industry experts to discuss how best the UK Government can incentivise private pension saving.
The debate was opened by initial remarks from Angela Rayner MP (Shadow Pensions Minister), Jackie Wells (Head of Policy and Research, Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association), Sarah Luheshi (Deputy Director, Pensions Policy Institute), and Yvonne Braun (Director, Long-Term Savings Policy, Association of British Insurers).
On Wednesday 27th January, David John, Senior Strategic Policy Adviser at AARP’s Public Policy Institute, and Deputy Director of the Retirement Security Project at the Brookings institute delivered a presentation on tax incentives for pension saving in the US context at an informal reception hosted by Age UK.
Discussions from this event contributed to a formal representation to the HM Treasury regarding Government policy on pensions tax relief and private pension saving.