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Press comment: High Court decision could make state pensions key battleground at looming election


If you are covering today’s decision by the High Court to dismiss a challenge against the government’s handling of the rise in women’s state pension age, please find below commentary from Jon Greer, head of retirement policy at Quilter:

Jon Greer“The High Court’s decision to dismiss claims made by campaign groups that the state pension age rise was discriminatory will be a blow to women born in the 1950s. It had been claimed that if the equalisation of state pension ages between men and women were to be reversed it could cost the government in excess of £180bn, so from their perspective they will be very relieved, particularly given current concerns about state pension funding as it is.

“The review made note that the government acted in a lawful way, so it is inevitable that this decision will result in more political pressure placed upon the government to implement a change. Before coming to power, the Prime Minister did indicate it was an issue he was keen to sort out. As such, with a general election around the corner, and the issue not going away anytime soon, this could become a key battleground to attract votes from a disaffected demographic.

“For those not affected by this case and approaching retirement, however, it should serve as a wakeup call to ensure they have their own financial affairs in place. People cannot rely solely on the state pension, and with constant tinkering around retirement ages, tax allowances and the such, it is clear professional financial advice plays a key role in ensuring people are up to speed and aware of any legislative changes that will affect their retirement.”

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Notes to Editors:

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 £95.3 billion in customer investments (as at 31 March 2020).

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: Advice and Wealth Management and Wealth Platforms.

Advice and Wealth Management encompasses the financial advice business, Quilter Financial Planning; the discretionary fund management business, Quilter Cheviot; and Quilter Investors, the Multi-asset investment solutions business.

Wealth Platforms includes Old Mutual Wealth UK platform and Quilter International, including AAM Advisory in Singapore.

The Old Mutual Wealth Heritage life assurance business was acquired by ReAssure Group Plc on 2 January 2020.

Since its IPO in June 2018, Quilter plc’s businesses have progressively rebranded to Quilter, as follows: 

  • Quilter Financial Planning (previously Intrinsic)
  • Quilter Private Client Advisers (previously Old Mutual Wealth Private Client Advisers)
  • Quilter Financial Advisers (previously Charles Derby Group)
  • Quilter Financial Adviser School
  • Quilter Cheviot
  • Quilter Investors
  • Old Mutual Wealth (becoming Quilter Investment Platform)
  • Quilter International (previously Old Mutual International)

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