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Is QROPS changing?

QROPS Blog – Is QROPS changing?

Is QROPS changing?
JULY 26, 2013
June 2013 brought a major shockwave in the QROPS industry, as the HM Revenue & Customs has been forced to deliver a policy statement that reviews its policies in selecting and handling qualifying recognised overseas pension schemes.

This policy statement was then delivered on the 12 July – but has not been made public yet.

Experts warned that the delay could be a sign of a major shake-up in the way QROPS will be operated.

We have put together a list of what impact HMRC’s new review may have:

1. Nothing could change

HMRC could simply restate its aims – since it is not technically required to do anything beyond publishing a review of policies. HMRC could simply justify its policies in the public domain and where necessary, provide additional clarification for confused UK pension holders.

2. HMRC may become more selective in QROPS providers

HMRC may become more rigid in the way offshore pension schemes like QROPS are designated.

Fewer schemes could mean better relationships between HMRC and QROPS providers, ensuring that misunderstandings happen far less often.

3. HMRC may try to make QROPS unattractive to savers

HMRC may deliberately make QROPS less attractive to expats by increasing the minimum level which must be set aside to provide savers with an income for life, which is currently set at 70%. The remaining 30% can be taken as tax free lump-sum.

4. HMRC may try to make QROPS unattractive to providers

HMRC could impose charges on providers to maintain their QROPS status, in order to reduce the attractiveness of QROPS.

The option for QROPS providers would be to either pass this cost to their customers, resulting in lower returns, or end their involvement with QROPS all together.

5. HMRC may cancel QROPS all together

The notion of HMRC drastically rebranding the scheme to make it unrecognisable, or removing the UK pension transfer ability altogether, is not beyond the realm of possibility – according to experts. Especially when considering the amount of hassle HMRC faces to maintain QROPS.

Sources: International Adviser

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UK pension rises are at risk – Webb

UK pension rises are at risk – Webb.

Pensions minister Steve Webb said that nobody could guarantee the survival of the ‘triple lock’ system after the next general election.

The triple lock system, which ensures that sure the basic state pension will always rise according to the highest of average earnings, inflation, or 2.5%, has so far kept pensions on an upwards path. It has so far been key to maintaining the ‘grey vote’.

But Webb’s comments are the latest in the fiery debate in Parliament over whether the advantages offered to pensioners can be sustained.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Webb said that in 2015, each party would say what it would do about the triple lock. He said he was personally in favour of keeping it, but that the issue would have to be discussed as a party.
Benefits for high income pensioners are also set to be trimmed down.

Webb said that in light of an increasing generation gap in intergenerational equity, it was unfair to expect “our children and grandchildren [to just do] more and more.”

12 months to save UK final salary schemes – UK Pensions Minister

On March I wrote an article well this seams to be an answer 12 month , and that’s from the Pension Minister.

I have spoken to many people on this , and we are helping many . So if you want to know what you can do or like more info on this please drop me a mail tony.evans@devere-group.com

UK has 12 months to save final salary schemes – Pensions Minister.

UK Pensions Minister Steve Webb warned that there may only be a year to save company pension schemes that offer a guaranteed payout to savers and that there is ‘no point trying to apply electrodes to the corpse’.

Speaking to the pensions industry, Webb said that companies are opting to close defined benefit schemes and instead introduce defined contribution schemes where the members’ payouts are based on the performance of the investments and the annuity they buy with their fund on retirement.

However, Webb wants to see more ‘defined ambition’ schemes, which offer a middle ground with more secure payouts than a DC scheme, but this means that employees will take on more risk.

Webb believes that next year offers a critical opportunity to talk to companies about what they are offering their workers, as the programme to automatically enrol workers into pensions is rolled out and the introduction of a flat-rate state pension is fast approaching.

Defined benefit pension schemes, also known as final salary schemes, have been under pressure in recent years, since a combination of increased life expectancy and low gilt yields have made it increasingly expensive for companies to provide the retirement incomes promised to members.

Notably, research by the Pensions Protection Fund showed that by the end of April 2013, 5,142 of the UK private sector schemes were in deficit, with the total shortfall between liabilities and assets adding up to £257 billion.

Nigel Green CEO deVere Group comments

http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2013/may/15/final-salary-schemes-pensions-minister

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/400226/Final-salary-pensions-in-meltdown

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How to find your missing UK pension ?

In my position I have seen so many clients that have worked in the Uk for a couple years and thought they have nothing there , but I have been the bearer of good news to a lots of clients .

Of you have worked in the UK or have had a UK contract there is a large possibility you have a frozen UK pension . This means there is money that belongs to you and we able to help you take control of it .

If you like more info drop me me a mail , tony.evans@devere-group.com

Tony Evans

Daily Mail – Are you missing out on a pension windfall? Five million job-hopping Britons are losing track of pension pots worth £3BILLION

Job-hopping is causing millions of UK workers to lose track of the pension pots they save into during their careers, meaning savings totalling billions of pounds go unclaimed in retirement.
With many young workers having already been employed by several firms in the early stages of their career, research from Age UK suggests that a shift in working cultures is resulting in a pensions ‘black hole’.
It found that almost a quarter of adults have lost track of at least one of their pension schemes, while many who have lost their pensions are unsure about where to start hunting them down.

Age UK’s Lucy Harmer said: ‘With the number of jobs we have over a lifetime increasing, it’s likely that people will accumulate several small pension pots.
‘In many cases these bring a less fruitful income in later life than one large pension pot.

‘It’s really important we all set aside time to keep on top of our personal admin, such as organising paperwork and keeping details of any financial products safe and secure. This is especially crucial for pensions as it may be some years down the line until they need to be accessed.’
The Pensions Tracing Service estimates that the amount of cash going unclaimed in ‘missing’ personal or occupational workplace pension totals around £3billion, with five million people having lost or forgotten about pensions.

While those over the age of 65 have worked on average for 5.6 employers, the changing career practices among the younger generate means that 23 per cent of those aged between 25 and 34 have already worked for a similar number of firms, but have around 35 years before they retire.

Workers who admitted to losing track of at least one of their pensions said they had been ‘lost in the mists of time’.

Around one in five admitted to being less than fastidious with their record keeping as they have lost their pension paperwork, while 10 per cent blamed moving jobs too many times to keep track of their pensions.

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Lost pensions by region: A breakdown of the Age UK research shows those in the south west are most likely to have lost track of their pensions.

The Government took action to assist those with ‘stranded’ pension pots in 2009, allowing people to cash in schemes with a value of less than £2,000.
Pensions minister Steve Webb meanwhile has been calling for an increase in the ‘pot follows member’ culture so workers can bring their pension with them when they transfer to a new job.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) reported last year that UK adults now work on average for 11 different employers during their careers, and the Age UK research suggests this number is likely to rise.

The Government through auto-enrolment is taking steps to encourage pension saving among the working population, but the financial downturn has prompted a malaise about pensions which has been exacerbated by poor annuity rates and the closure of numerous final salary schemes.
The Age UK survey found that 12 per cent of workers said they do not think there’s any point in long-term financial planning as ‘nothing is guaranteed’, while nine per cent do not know how to start planning for retirement.

A quarter meanwhile say they recognise they need to save for retirement, but cannot afford to.

Barnett Waddingham consultant Malcolm Maclean said: ‘Where once upon a time it would have been unusual for a worker to have more than one or possibly two jobs over the whole of their working lives that is now no longer the case.

Regular changes of jobs means that individuals frequently accumulate a number of small pension pots which at some point they need to account for in preparation for retirement

Having located all the pensions, the individual should then consider bringing them together and purchasing a single annuity – it would normally give them a better return for their money than seeking to obtain a number of small annuities from different pension pots.’

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UK Firm Pensions: Is the End Nigh? « BCCJ Acumen – The Magazine of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan

My article on UK pension and the risks facing them , And how individuals can protect themselves .

Clink on the below link to have a look .

UK Firm Pensions: Is the End Nigh? « BCCJ Acumen – The Magazine of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

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