Is it time to take pensions out of the hands of politicians?

20 November 2014

Tim Stalkartt

Speaking at the Westminster and City Annuities and Drawdown Conference in London yesterday on the forthcoming changes to the pensions rules, Tim Stalkartt, Managing Director of Financial Planning at leading advisory firm Tilney Bestinvest warned that the rules governing pensions have steadily become a “political football” and that a pattern of regular upheaval has progressively undermined trust in the system.

Stalkartt said: “Clients’ long term planning decisions are being influenced by uncertainty around the stability of the pension system: in short there is mistrust that future governments will continue to “meddle” with pensions and that means people want to get their money out as soon as possible.”

Stalkartt’s question to the audience was “is it time to take politics out of pensions?” He suggested an independent body (perhaps akin to the Bank of England’s role in determining interest rates) and suggested that this would result in certainty, confidence and the ability to plan and “this really would make a difference.”

Stalkartt confirmed that Tilney Bestinvest applaud the Chancellor for the reforms that will go a long way to changing the perception of pensions, however he pointed out that they do not address the basic fear of running out of money: “The Chancellor has introduced more candy into the sweet shop: a new flavour of smartie, more temptation! Our job as adviser is to say “resist” – don’t spend all your pocket money at once – it’s got to last a lifetime.”

His conclusion was there will be little practical difference in advice post April for wealthier clients.


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Tilney is a leading investment and financial planning group that builds on a heritage of more than 180 years.  Our clients are private investors, charities and professional intermediaries who trust us with over £23 billion of their assets. We offer a range of services including financial planning, investment management and advice and, through our Bestinvest service, a leading online platform for those who prefer to manage their own investments.

We have won numerous awards. Tilney has been awarded Best Conventional Advisory Service at the 2018 City of London Wealth Management Awards, Best Advisory Service in the 2015 City of London Wealth Management Awards; Investment Award – Cautious category in the Private Asset Management Awards; and Stockbroker of the Year, Execution-only Stockbroker of the Year and Self-select ISA Provider of the Year 2015, as voted by readers of the Financial Times and Investors Chronicle. Bestinvest was voted Best SIPP Provider and Best Fund Platform at the 2017 City of London Wealth Management Awards, Best Direct SIPP Provider at the Awards 2017, Best Stocks & Shares ISA Provider at the 2017 Shares Awards, as well as Best Self Select ISA Provider, Best Online/Execution-only Stockbroker and Best Investment Platform 2017 at the FT and Investors Chronicle Investment and Wealth Management Awards, as voted by readers of the FT and Investors Chronicle.

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