Thank you for contacting me about the Pensions Dashboard.
If you did so through 38 Degrees please do not email me through this organisation in future as there is no guarantee that I will receive these emails. 38 Degrees wrote to me recently saying the following: “Unfortunately, some emails from your constituents sent to you using the 38 Degrees website haven’t been reaching your inbox. This has meant that 929 emails from 444 constituents have not been delivered. These constituents have used 38 Degrees to send emails to you about issues they care about, which you have then not received. It's meant that you've not had the opportunity to read or reply to these messages. I'm really sorry about this.”
I firmly believe that creating a strong savings culture will help secure a better future for individuals across the UK. This means helping people plan and save effectively for their retirement.
This year it is expected that 10 million people will be newly saving or saving more as a result of Automatic Enrolment. This key reform is making saving into a pension a social norm once again. As more people become savers, I agree with you that it is important that people have access to as much information as possible to help them make informed decisions about their retirement.
This is why the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is establishing a Single Financial Guidance Body which will bring together the provision of free and impartial debt advice, money guidance and pension guidance to deliver a more streamlined service to consumers. The ‘Check your State Pension’ service has also provided over 9 million estimates since 2016 to help people forecast their State Pension.
At present, the DWP is also carrying out feasibility work to explore the complex issues associated with the development of a Pensions Dashboard. This work is ongoing and the DWP will report back to Parliament with their findings in due course.
I would also like to take this opportunity to clarify that the 50 million figure referred to by 38 Degrees was an estimate made by the DWP in 2012 of the number of dormant, not lost, pension pots by 2050. The Pension Tracing Service was launched to help people more easily locate their pension savings. In 2017/18, this service undertook around 1.2 million customer traces.
I am determined to ensure this culture of savings continues and I will be following this issue very closely.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me - but please do not contact me in future through 38 Degrees. If you wish to email me, please do so using my email address firstname.lastname@example.org which is publicly available.
Updated August 2018.