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Retirement planningE+W+S+N.I.

234Promoting and facilitating financial planning for retirementE+W+S+N.I.

(1)The Secretary of State and the Northern Ireland Department may take action for the purpose of promoting or facilitating financial planning for retirement.

(2)The action may in particular include the provision of facilities for the purpose of enabling or assisting an individual or a person authorised by him—

(a)to estimate the financial resources the individual is likely to need after his retirement;

(b)to estimate the financial resources that are likely to be available to the individual after his retirement, from pensions and other sources;

(c)to ascertain what action might be taken with a view to increasing the financial resources available to the individual after his retirement.

(3)This section does not authorise the Secretary of State or the Northern Ireland Department to take action which the Secretary of State or the Northern Ireland Department would otherwise be prohibited from taking under section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (c. 8) (restrictions on financial promotion).

(4)In this section “the Northern Ireland Department” means the Department for Social Development in Northern Ireland.

235Supply of information for purposes of section 234E+W+S+N.I.

(1)This section applies to—

(a)information which is relevant for determining the pensions and other benefits that may become payable to or in respect of an individual;

(b)information which relates to the financial resources of, or available to, an individual;

(c)information which relates to action taken in connection with—

(i)providing facilities for saving (for retirement or otherwise) by individuals, or

(ii)promoting or facilitating saving (for retirement or otherwise) by individuals.

(2)A person who holds information to which this section applies may supply it to—

(a)the Secretary of State or the Northern Ireland Department, or

(b)a person providing services to the Secretary of State or the Northern Ireland Department,

for use for the purposes of functions under section 234(1).

(3)Information supplied under subsection (2) must not be supplied by the recipient except—

(a)if the information relates to an individual—

(i)to the individual or a person authorised by him;

(ii)to another person, with the consent of the individual;

(b)in any case—

(i)to a person to whom it could be supplied under subsection (2);

(ii)to any person with a view to the institution of relevant criminal proceedings or otherwise for the purposes of relevant criminal proceedings.

(4)In subsection (3) “relevant criminal proceedings” means criminal proceedings under—

(a)the Pension Schemes Act 1993 (c. 48);

(b)the Pensions Act 1995 (c. 26);

(c)this Act;

(d)any enactment in force in Northern Ireland corresponding to an Act mentioned in any of paragraphs (a) to (c).

(5)In this section “the Northern Ireland Department” means the Department for Social Development in Northern Ireland.

(6)This section is subject to sections 88 and 202 (tax information disclosed to the Regulator or the Board).

236Use and supply of information: private pensions policy and retirement planningE+W+S+N.I.

Schedule 10 (which makes provision about the use and supply of information for purposes relating to private pensions policy and retirement planning) has effect.

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237Combined pension forecastsE+W+S

(1)Regulations may require the trustees or managers of an occupational or personal pension scheme to provide any member of the scheme with—

(a)the information specified in subsection (2), together with

(b)the information specified in subsection (3).

(2)The information referred to in subsection (1)(a) is information relating to the member which—

(a)is state pension information for the purposes of section 42 of the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act 2000 (c. 19),

(b)has been disclosed to the trustees or managers under that section (or, by virtue of that section, is treated as having been so disclosed), and

(c)is of a description specified in the regulations.

(3)The information referred to in subsection (1)(b) is information which—

(a)relates to the pensions and other benefits likely to accrue to the member, or capable of being secured by him, under the scheme, and

(b)is of a description specified in the regulations.

(4)Regulations under subsection (1) may require information referred to in that subsection to be provided at a time or times specified in the regulations.

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