People and pensions: a decent retirement for all

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Date and time of event: 
Wed 1 Feb 2017 - 09:15 to 18:00
Venue and town/city: 
Congress House, Trades Union Congress, Great Russell Street, London
About this event: 

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 1st, 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.

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9.50am-10am: Introduction by Paul Nowak, Deputy General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress

10am-11am Keynote speech Richard Harrington, Pensions Minister.  

11am-11.15am refreshments

11.15am-12.15am Adequacy and auto-enrolment: the missing pieces

Ian Baines, Head of Pensions, Nationwide

Sir Steve Webb, Director of Policy, Royal London

Baroness Hollis, Labour peer

12.15pm-12.40pm Known unknowns: what information do people need about pensions?

Daniela Silcock, Head of Policy Research Pensions Policy Institute

12.40pm-1.30pm lunch

1.30pm- 2.15pm 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

2.15pm-3pm 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

3pm-3.15pm refreshments

3.15pm-4pm 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

4pm-4.45pm Keynote speech: Asset management and transparency. John Kay, economist and writer. Response from Jonathan Lipkin, Director of Public Policy, Investment Association.

4.45pm-5.15pm Keynote speech: Debbie Abrahams, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

5.15pm-6pm Drinks reception

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