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In its response to the FCA Consultation Paper (CP14/11) ‘Retirement Reforms and the Guidance Guarantee’, Old Mutual Wealth is calling for part of the cost of the service to be borne by an addition to the pensions levy, paid by workplace trust schemes. This should reduce the amount contributed by financial advisers.

The current proposal for the Guidance Guarantee levy is to raise it from the firms that will potentially benefit from the retirement guidance service. Old Mutual Wealth agrees with this principle but says due to auto-enrolment, the vast majority of defined contribution provision will be through workplace trust schemes. Old Mutual Wealth therefore feels part of the cost of the service should be paid by workplace trust schemes some of who will also provide retirement income facilities.

Where a provider regulated by the FCA also administers occupational schemes, they should be able to opt out of the additional pensions levy amount so that they don’t contribute twice for the service.

Tom Hawkins, Head of UK Proposition Marketing at Old Mutual Wealth, comments:

Tom Hawkins, Head of UK Proposition Marketing“We agree that the funding of the service should be borne by those who stand to benefit from the service. However, we do not feel the proposals cast the net widely enough. trust based schemes, regulated by the Pensions Regulator, will also benefit and should pay towards the service via the pensions levy.

“Including trust based schemes will mean a more proportionate method of funding the Guidance Guarantee and potentially reduce the amount borne by financial advisers, which is currently disproportionate.”


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About Quilter plc:

Quilter plc is a leading wealth management business in the UK and internationally, helping to create prosperity for the generations of today and tomorrow.

Quilter plc oversees £118.1 billion in customer investments (as at 30 September 2018).

It has an adviser and customer offering spanning: financial advice; investment platforms; multi-asset investment solutions and discretionary fund management.

The business is comprised of two segments: Wealth Platforms and Advice and Wealth Management.

Wealth Platforms includes the Old Mutual Wealth UK Platform; Old Mutual International, including AAM Advisory in Singapore; and the Old Mutual Wealth Heritage life assurance business.

Advice and Wealth Management encompasses the financial planning network, Intrinsic; Quilter Private Client Advisers; discretionary fund management business, Quilter Cheviot; and Quilter Investors, the Multi-asset investment solutions business.

The Quilter plc businesses are being re-branded to Quilter over a period of approximately two years:

• The Multi-asset business is now Quilter Investors

• Intrinsic to Quilter Financial Planning

• The private client advisers business is now Quilter Private Client Advisers

• The UK Platform to Quilter Wealth Solutions

• The International business to Quilter International

• The Heritage life assurance business to Quilter Life Assurance

• Quilter Cheviot will retain its name

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