UK - The number of people in occupational schemes has fallen by 800,000 since 1997, latest government figures show.
Conservative pensions spokesman David Willetts gave the figure in the Commons during a no confidence debate on the government pensions policy.
Willetts blamed stakeholder pensions for adding to the decline which was measured from Labour’s 1997 election victory. He said employers had used stakeholder compliance as an excuse to close defined benefit schemes.
Willetts also claimed that the less generously funded stakeholder pensions would actually increase the dependence on state pensions.
He said figures showed only 27% of employers planned to contribute to a stakeholder pension, compared to 52% who contribute to group personal pensions.
The government won the vote by 328 votes to 194.
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