TUC warns of 'pensions lottery'

Written by Adam Cadle

Many workers face a “pension lottery” when retiring, the TUC has warned.

New TUC analysis has shown that the average male worker could be more than
£250,000 worse off if they retire on a bad year for the markets rather than a good one.
And the difference for an average woman could be nearly £150,000.

The TUC is calling on the government to offer savers better protection from market ups
and downs by allowing them access to collective pension schemes.

Collective pensions would allow savers’ money to be pooled and invested more
efficiently, reduce the risk to an individual if they retire in a bad year for the markets and
provide a secure and consistent income throughout members’ retirement, the TUC said.

The TUC said it is frustrated that ministers have kept the development of collective
defined contribution schemes ‘on ice’.

TUC deputy general secretary Paul Nowak said: “Millions of workers face a pensions
lottery in retirement. Market jitters can make someone tens of thousands of pounds
worse off.

“The government must allow employers to offer better pensions. Collective pension
schemes would help many to have a better standard of living in old age.”

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