Pension Dashboard  

Pros and cons of the pensions dashboard

This article is part of
Guide to the pensions dashboard

Pros and cons of the pensions dashboard

Technology changes all the time and the pace of this metamorphosis recently has been phenomenal.

So while the development of the pensions dashboard is an excellent way to bring the best in financial technology and data provision services together, it has to be done properly, or it will not work in the best interests of consumers.

As with every technological innovation, there are pros and cons to consider, and it is important to be aware of potential concerns now, in the development process, rather than to discern these after the launch of the pension dashboard services in 2019.

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Primarily, most respondents to this guide believed the development of the dashboard was a positive move in the right direction towards helping people take more responsibility for their retirement.

Says Philip Brown, head of policy for LV=: “The dashboard is a much-needed and long-overdue service that will give consumers much greater control over their retirement savings and, ultimately, ensure they have more comfortable retirements.

“We believe the dashboard will be a turning-point for the industry, providing a platform for better engagement with consumers, and a useful tool to enable them to make more informed, active decisions about their retirement.”

This is also the view of the Association of British Insurers, which believes the easy access and aggregation of data from personal pensions, state pension and occupational pensions will help individuals engage with their pensions at a much earlier stage, and possibly achieve a better outcome in retirement.

Moreover, according to John Kelly, consultant at Mattioli Woods, clients will “have the ability to access information about arrangements which they had perhaps completely forgotten about”. No more ‘lost pensions’, he opines.

The fact the dashboard will put pressure on providers to ensure their data is fit for purpose is another plus point for Fiona Tait, technical director of Intelligent Pensions.

She says: “This will enable consumers to make financial decisions based on credible information. Assuming the dashboard delivers what it promises, what’s not to like?”

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However, as with everything, time and technology wait for no man, and the momentum behind the initial development of the prototype must be maintained if pension dashboard services are to be launched in 2019, and if they are to be as useful as promised.

Earlier this year, the industry called on government to do more to make sure the 2019 launch date would be met with pension dashboard services that are fit and proper for use, especially given how onerous the task of building and testing the prototype is currently.

Indeed, Mr Kelly says a big negative would be if the “sheer size” of the task could lead to delays in launch or, perhaps, “a launch without sufficiently robust information at plan or consumer level”.