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HISTORIC PRESS RELEASE : Patricia Hewitt backs scheme to assist pensions review [December 1998]

The press release issued by HM Treasury on 16 December 1998.

The Association of British Insurers’ PASS initiative is a welcome development, which will be of considerable benefit to the review of personal pension mis-selling, the Economic Secretary Patricia Hewitt said today.

The Pension Advisers Support Scheme (PASS) offers small firms assistance with actuarial facilities and financing for the review. Ms Hewitt said:

“I congratulate the ABI on this welcome initiative and note that all of the 30 major providers have joined PASS. The scheme has aroused considerable interest among IFAs and I am confident that it will give a significant boost to the pensions review.”

Of the 21 firms whose results are published today:

  • all but two have resolved over 75 per cent of their cases. fourteen firms have now resolved over 90 per cent of their cases.

Ms Hewitt stressed that firms must maintain their progress and ensure that all priority cases are completed by 31 December. She said:

“I am pleased that most of the industry has recognised that it is in everyone’s interest for the pensions review to be completed on time. The regulators will not tolerate further delays, and I fully support their efforts to see phase 1 completed.”

The Minister hoped that, as 1999 approaches, all firms would be making New Year’s resolutions to put their customers first in phase 2 of the review. She said:

“I hope firms have learned lessons from phase 1, and that we will not see delaying tactics used against the review again. Firms must put their customers first, and adhere to the regulators timetable, so that we can put this whole sorry scandal behind us.”