Pension providers block transfers in fight against unlocking
Standard Life, LV= and Zurich have all spoken out against the practice this week, revealing their own initiatives to drive out pension schemes that encourage consumers to unlock their pensions early but without informing them of the huge tax penalty and exorbitant costs.
Philip Brown, head of retirement propositions for LV=, said: “We fully support the action being taken against these people. For several months we have been blocking transfers proactively if we suspect any wrongdoing. We look at whether we have dealt with the pension fund to whom the consumer wishes to transfer, and have had a few tough conversations with customers about the practice.“Our aim is to protect the customer, as what some of these firms are doing will not be legal.