Virtually all aspects of pensions will come under scrutiny in 2017. We can expect the outcome of a review of state pension age, a Green Paper on defined benefit pensions, and a review of automatic enrolment.
But despite all this activity we are far from ensuring that all workers will receive adequate incomes in retirement.
It is therefore vital that trade unionists remain a strong and informed voice on pensions issues.
The TUC pensions conference taking place at Congress House in London on February 1, is aimed at pensions trustees, trade unionists and others interested in a trade union perspective on pensions.
It features a line-up of senior pensions figures. The conference will host keynote speeches from Pensions Minister Richard Harrington; Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Debbie Abrahams; John Cridland, the former CBI chief who heads the Independent review of state pension age and John Kay, economist and writer.
Other speakers include Janette Weir, director of research consultancy Ignition House; Hilary Salt, founder of First Actuarial; Caroline Abrahams, charity director of Age UK; Sir Steve Webb, former Pensions Secretary; Ian Baines, pensions director at Nationwide Building Society; Naomi Cooke, assistant general secretary of the FDA, and Daniela Silcock, head of policy research, at the Pensions Policy Institute think tank.
Registration will start at 9.15 with refreshments, and the conference will commence at 9.50am.
The conference will close at 5.15pm and will be followed by a drinks reception.
Paul Nowak, Deputy General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress
10:00-11:00 Keynote speech: Pensions Priorities
Richard Harrington, Pensions Minister.
11:15-12:15 Adequacy and auto-enrolment: the missing pieces
Ian Baines, Pensions Director, Nationwide
Sir Steve Webb, Director of Policy, Royal London
Baroness Hollis, Labour Peer
12:15-12:40 Known unknowns: what information do people need about pensions?
Daniela Silcock, Head of Policy Research, Pensions Policy Institute
13:50-14:15 New Choices; Big Decisions – exploring consumer decision making under pension freedom and choice
Janette Weir, Managing Director, Ignition House
Alistair Byrne, Senior DC Strategist, State Street Global Advisors
Andy Tarrant, Head of Policy and Government Relations, BC&E
14:15-15:00 Long-run or run-off? What is the future for DB pensions?
Hilary Salt, Actuarial Director, First Actuarial
Graham Vidler, Director of External Affairs, Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association
Naomi Cooke, Assistant General Secretary, FDA
Leon Kamhi,Head of Responsibility, Hermes Investment Management
15:15-16:00 Keynote speech: Where Now for the State Pension?
John Cridland, Independent Reviewer of State Pension Age.
Followed by discussion with Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK and Ged Nichols, General Secretary, Accord
16:00-16:45 Keynote speech: Asset management and transparency
John Kay, economist and writer
Response from Jonathan Lipkin, Director of Public Policy, Investment Association
16:45-17:15 Keynote speech
Debbie Abrahams, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
17:15-18:00 Drinks Reception
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Trades Union Congress (TUC)
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is the voice of Britain at work. We represent nearly six million working people in 52 unions across the economy. We campaign for more and better jobs and a better working life for everyone, and we support trade unions to grow and thrive.