Partners in pensions: a problem for the UK financial services industry

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    Abstract

    There have been concerns across Europe about the cost of state pension provision resulting from increases in the size of the ‘retired’ population. The Labour Government in the UK is in the vanguard of dealing with such pressures, and currently has one of the lowest replacement rates for state benefits in the OECD.

    This retrenchment of the state welfare has been accompanied by greater demands upon both individuals and financial services providers. Government has continued to exhort individuals to take greater responsibility to save for their own retirement. Its initiatives place significant demands upon the financial services sector and how it conducts its business. Importantly, they may also have the effect of harming the relationship between consumers of financial services and the financial services industry.

    This paper focuses upon efficacy of the UK Government’s policies, and their implications for the financial services sector, particularly in the context of the influence of the ‘Third Way’ approach on UK pension policy.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRESER 2006: Services Governance and Public Policies
    Subtitle of host publicationXVI International Conference of RESER
    Place of PublicationLisbon, Portugal
    Pages243-264
    VolumeII
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2006

    Keywords

    • pensions
    • uk
    • financial services industry

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    Ring, P. (2006). Partners in pensions: a problem for the UK financial services industry. In RESER 2006: Services Governance and Public Policies: XVI International Conference of RESER (Vol. II, pp. 243-264).