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Nearly 200,000 sign pensions dashboard petition

Written by: Paloma Kubiak
A petition with nearly 200,000 signatures calling for the government not to scrap the pensions dashboard has today been handed in.

The 195,000 signatories urge work and pensions secretary Esther McVey to keep her promise and continue to roll out the pensions dashboard.

It comes after it was reported the government planned to ‘kill off’ the pensions dashboard project – a platform allowing savers to view all their pension savings in one place.

And just this week the government announced it was supporting the industry to lead the roll-out, casting doubt over whether state pension data would also be included.

The petition, hosted on the 38 Degrees site (a non-profit political activist campaign group) has today been handed in to the Department for Work and Pensions.

Concerns have previously been raised about the petition and the fact that it has not been submitted onto the official government petition site. This means it wouldn’t be afforded the same rights such as 100,000 signatures triggering a debate in parliament.

But Robin Priestley, head of Campaigns By You at 38 Degrees, said: “Unlike the Parliament website, 38 Degrees puts the tools to campaign in the public’s hands. So petition starters can email their supporters, create events and share news about the campaign.

“There’s a common myth that every petition reaching 100,000 signatures on the Parliament website will be debated by MPs. This isn’t actually true, as not all petitions are selected for debate, and often the debate is conducted by just a handful of MPs in a side room of Parliament with little power to create new laws.”

Lorna Greenwood, campaigns manager at 38 Degrees, added: “Our research shows that 10 million people in the UK stand to retire with £15,000 less if there isn’t an easy way for workers to see all their pensions in one place. It’s a sign the government isn’t listening to the public if they won’t even confirm if they’ll be including the state pension in the scheme.”

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