The benefit of hindsight is a wonderful thing. The benefits of a fully functional crystal ball to see the future would be much better. All pensions lawyers (and scheme actuaries) would add it to their gift list!
I will attempt to take a look at the pensions related announcements in Monday’s budget from a future (perhaps optimistic) vantage point.
So here we are, nearing the end of 2023…
Five years ago, in October 2018, Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced £5m support for the pensions dashboards (note the plural) project with the statement “The government is taking steps to support the launch of the Pensions Dashboards, innovative tools that will for the first time allow an individual to see their pension pots, including their State Pension, in one place….DWP will work closely with the pensions industry and financial technology firms.”
Many doubted that this would ever get off the ground – but yet I see myself in 2023, asking my smart-watch to show my latest pension figures – whilst my children laugh at the fact that I still find this a novelty. Continue Reading