Efforts to tackle small pension pots ‘step up a gear’

Members will discuss the design and implementation of the proposed new consolidation system as part of new Small Pots Delivery Group.

This represents a step in delivering greater value for money which could benefit the average saver by £700 at retirement. A new group designed to help savers track their pensions was launched by Pensions Minister Paul Maynard.

The new system is designed to put savers first and ensure a better functioning pension market. It involves a small number of authorised schemes working to consolidate small pension pots on behalf of savers. Pensions Minister Paul Maynard said:

“Deferred small pots are costly, inefficient, and hard to keep track of.

This group will help in crafting a cost-effective and efficient system, ensuring better financial security and greater value for money for millions of savers.”

Deferred small pots are small pension pots left inactive, often from a previous job, and typically contain small amounts of money. Currently, these are a drag on the pension system making it harder for people to make informed decisions about – and keep track of – their pension, reducing the amount they may have in retirement. Some savers even lose track of their pots altogether due to having multiple pots from different jobs.

The introduction of Automatic Enrolment in 2012 brought millions of workers into workplace pension saving, often for the first time. In 2022 for example, employees across the UK saved £116 billion into their pensions – a real-terms increase of £29 billion compared to 2012.

However, with this has come rapid growth in the number of deferred small pots – without intervention this could result in annual administrative costs by 2030 of up to £225 million.

The new Small Pots Delivery Group will provide recommendations on how best to implement the proposed multiple default consolidator approach – which was set out in the government’s consultation response in November 2023.

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