TUC calls for government action over pensions provision

The
Government is to consider union demands to stop companies ending or diluting
pension schemes.

According
to the FT, The Treasury is to meet with the TUC, which is pushing for a change
to prevent employers stopping or freezing final salary pension schemes.

The
TUC’s concern stems from the growing number of companies making the switch to
less costly, combined-contribution pensions.

The
TUC said it is worried the move away from traditional schemes places too much
responsibility on employees.

A
recent KPMG report found that employees with the now-favoured
defined-contribution plans need to contribute significantly more to get the
same pension they would from a final salary package. The report found many
employees were unaware of the differences between the schemes.

By Quentin Reade

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