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The 4th April 2016 marks ten years to the day after the final report of the Pension Commission. The Pensions Commission painted a future where individuals would need to do a combination of working longer, saving more, or paying more tax. The Commission argued that a failure to act would lead to poorer pensioners.
This ILC-UK analysis highlights positive progress in extending working lives, preventing pensioner poverty and getting more people into saving. But the think tank warns of complacency and paints a bleak picture for future pensioners.
This analysis, published on its website finds that since the Pensions Commission:
* The average age of exit from the labour force is increasing but it is still below what it was in the 1960s and 1970s.
* In fact, the average time spent in retirement continues to increase.
* Auto-enrolment has delivered a growing number of employees with workplace pensions.
* But median contribution rates are low and a growing proportion of us have no savings. Final Salary pension coverage continues to fall.
* Younger people are less well placed than previous generations to save and may attract lower long term returns on their savings.
* Effective tax rates have been falling but have increased more recently.
* Spending on pensioner benefits slightly above the long run average as a percentage of GDP