Govt will receive backlash from young voters if LISA scrapped, AJ Bell warns

Written by Oliver Wade
16/08/2018

AJ Bell has warned that the government will risk a backlash from younger voters if it “caves to pressure” to scrap the Lifetime ISA (LISA), a product created in 2016 to help younger people save for a first home or retirement.

Specifically, the LISA was criticised for being unpopular, too complex, while also having “perverse incentives” and not complementing traditional pensions.

Commenting, AJ Bell senior analyst Tom Selby said: “The Government will cause uproar among younger voters if it caves in to pressure to scrap the Lifetime ISA. The product has been a hit with consumers so far and it would be ludicrous to pull the rug from under people now.

“Nobody is claiming the LISA is perfect, and policymakers need to look at ways to make the transfer process easier to navigate. The 25% exit penalty also remains a bone of contention and should be reduced so as not to excessively penalise savers.

“But ditching the LISA now would make little sense and risks leaving hundreds of thousands of people who have already invested stuck in limbo.”

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