Future of Age,Pensions,Quality of Life,Work and Retirement

Friday 10th June 2016; 09:15 - 16:30 (followed by a short drinks reception); The Chartered Insurance Institute, 20 Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HY

On Friday, 10th June 2016, ILC-UK hosted our second Retirement Income Summit, hosted by The Chartered Insurance Institute.

In 2012, ILC-UK organised our first Retirement Income Summit which provided a platform for discussion between 180 policymakers, senior insurance industry experts, business representatives, charities and academics.

Over the past 20 years, huge progress has been made in tackling pensioner poverty. Relative pensioner incomes have increased due to a combination of later retirement, the pensions “triple lock” and increased earning power of the baby boomers.

However, the future for retirement income looks less rosy. Policy change, ongoing demographic change and low investment returns are contributing to significant uncertainty. The new single tier pension will be less generous for the majority in the long term. Fewer people will find themselves receiving the more generous final salary pensions. And incomes of the next generation of retirees look likely to be lower. Three in ten of Britain’s 55-64 year olds do not have any pension savings at all.

With the end of compulsory annuitisation, retirees over the next 20 years will face many more options. Making the wrong decision could result in people living longer than their money or in greater levels of under consumption. Greater risk is being placed in the hands of retirees and there is a question as to what role there might be for collective decumulation in the future.

Navigating the retirement income maze will require greater information, advice and financial capability. Finding new ways of delivering advice to the mass market is vital. Recent and future developments in robo-advice offer some opportunity and regulators will need to find ways to ensure that they do not inadvertently create barriers to greater access to advice. In addition to at retirement financial advice, there is likely to be a growing need for mid retirement financial advice. But how can this be best delivered.

During the Retirement Income Summit, keynote speakers discussed:

  • How can individuals and industry respond best to policy change (pension freedoms, cashing in annuities and possible tax relief changes)?
  • How can future retirement income be guaranteed in a context of continuing demographic change?
  • How can providers and individuals deliver a decent income during a period of low investment returns?
  • How can we overcome consumer distrust and lack of engagement with the industry?
  • How can we deliver advice and financial capability in the future?
  • What will be the future role of housing wealth for retirement income and what is the role of extend working lives?
  • What is the potential for new products to help reduce risk for future generations of retirees?


09:15 – 09:50 - Registration, refreshments will be served
09:50 – 09:55 - Welcome from CII - Laurence Baxter, Head of Policy & Research, The Chartered Insurance Institute
09:55 – 10:00 - Welcome by Chair - Lawrence Churchill, ILC-UK Trustee

Getting young people saving - Discussion
10:00 – 11:00 - Sam Smethers, The Fawcett Society, will chair this session. Panellists include Michelle McGagh; Kate Jopling; Helen Creighton; Claire Walsh

Innovation at retirement. Lessons from the US, opportunities and challenges
11:00 – 11:20 - Chip Castille, Managing Director, Chief Retirement Strategist, BlackRock

11:20 – 11:40 - Break, refreshments will be served

Where next for advice and guidance?
11:40 – 11:50 - Cesira Urzi Brancati, Research Fellow, ILC-UK
11:50 – 12:00 - Michelle Cracknell, Chief Executive, The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS)
12:00 – 12:50 - Discussion - Panellists include Michelle Cracknell, Chief Executive, The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS); Cesira Urzi Brancati, Research Fellow, ILC-UK; Jackie Spencer, Pension and Retirement Expert for the UK's Money Advice Service; Claire Walsh, Chartered Financial Planner, Aspect8, Brighton

12:50 – 13:30 - Lunch, refreshments will be served

13:30 - Welcome by Chair - Baroness Sally Greengross, Chief Executive, ILC-UK

Retirement today, retirement tomorrow
13:30 – 13:55 - Ben Franklin, Head of Economics of an Ageing Society, ILC-UK
13:55 – 14:20 - Baroness Jeannie Drake, Member of the Finance Bill Sub-Committee

14:20 – 14:35 - Break, refreshments will be serve

14:35 – 15:00 - Professor David Blake, Professor of Pension Economics, Cass Business School

Pension Freedoms: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
15:00 – 15:15 - Steve Webb, Director of Policy and External Communications, Royal London
15:15 – 15:30 - Gregg McClymont, Head of Retirement Savings, Aberdeen Asset Management PLC

Where next for Retirement Income? Discussion and closing debate
15:30 – 16:25 - Douglas Anderson, Partner, Hymans Robertson; Andrew Tully, Pensions Technical Director, Retirement Advantage; Gregg McClymont, Head of Retirement Savings, Aberdeen Asset Management PLC; Steve Webb, Director of Policy and External Communications, Royal London

16:25 – 16:30 - Close by chair - Baroness Sally Greengross, Chief Executive, ILC-UK

16:30 - 17:15 - Wine reception

Please see below for the presentations delivered at the Second National Retirement Income Summit