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2002 Press Releases issued by the PPI 

01/01/2002 - 31/12/2002

(Jan) Shaping the future of retirement provisions

A new organisation the Pensions Policy Institute (PPI) begins its work this week researching the field of pensions.

The findings of the Institute's research will be of use to government decision-makers and their advisers, pension and savings providers, employers and trade unions, academics and commentators. The PPI will inform analysis of, and recommendations for, pension provision.

The Institute's specific aims are to:

  • Encourage the right framework for long-term pensions planning
  • Provide better information on the extent and nature of provision for retirement
  • Extend and encourage research at the PPI and with other organisations
  • Be a 'critical friend' for providers, policy makers and opinion formers; and· Improve public understanding of pensions issues.

Tom Ross, Chair of the PPI, said:

"Pensions affect everyone. But too few people understand them and what is needed for adequate provision for retirement. We want to change that. The PPI will help to set out the real choices facing the UK pensions policy. We believe that better information and better understanding will lead to better provision for all."

The formation of the PPI was recommended in the Pension Provision Group (PPG) 1998 report 'We All Need Pensions - The Prospects for Pension Provision'.

Age Concern, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Association of British Insurers (ABI) have all formally endorsed the formation of the PPI.

Gordon Lishman, Age Concern England's Director-General, said:

"Age Concern believes many people are confused about current pension provision and this can be a major disincentive to people saving for their retirement. We hope the PPI's work will play a valuable role in ensuring we have the pension framework to achieve an adequate income for today's and tomorrow's older people, and to help individuals be clear about pension provision and make better decisions for their futures."

CBI Director-General, Digby Jones, said:

"Pensions policy is a very important area for employers. I support the formation of the PPI and look forward to studying the results of its work.

Mary Francis, Director General of the ABI, said:

"Providing decent incomes in retirement for an older population is one of today's key issues, particularly in light of the UK's £27 billion savings gap. The state and the financial services industry both have a part to play and the ABI welcomes the creation of the PPI as an influential body in the field."

Alison O'Connell has been appointed as the first Director of the Institute. Prior to taking up this position Alison was Head of Strategy at the Swiss Reinsurance Group.


(Sept) Time to raise State Pension age?

(Oct) Investment in hedge funds

Extract of letter to Editor of Professional Pensions 18 October 2002 in response to article

18 October 2002

Mr. Len Roberts
Professional Pensions

Dear Mr Roberts

The piece in Professional Pensions on 17 October 2002 headlined “PPI urges increased investment in hedge funds” referred to remarks made by Ros Altmann. Ms. Altmann is one of our 67 Governors, but speaks in her personal capacity. 

I would be grateful if you could draw the attention of your readers to the fact that the Pensions Policy Institute has not made any recommendation on the investment of pension schemes in hedge funds. Indeed, the PPI has not researched the issue.

Yours sincerely

Alison O’Connell

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