The economic impact of coronavirus is unlikely to overshadow the Work and Pensions Committee’s (WPC) inquiry into the success of pension freedoms, the industry believes.
Half (49%) of the respondents - comprising trustees, lawyers, and scheme and investment managers - to PP's latest Pensions Buzz poll agreed with this view.
One pundit said Covid-19 "may well impact any recommendations for change" while another said the pandemic was merely a "red herring" in the WPC's three-part inquiry to focus on the industry between 2015-2020.
The inquiry - which is currently open until 9 September for industry feedback - is set to focus in on accessing pension savings and saving for later life.
More than a third (36%) of respondents said coronavirus would likely overshadow the focus of the WPC's work, however.
The inaugural part of the inquiry will examine pension scams, what role the industry needs to play in preventing scams, and whether HM Revenue & Customs' tax treatment of scam victims is fair.
The Transparency Task Force called on MPs to conduct a deeper investigation in scams in July after ActionFraud reported £5.1m worth of losses in 11,000 separate coronavirus-themed scams between February and June, a significant amount of which were pension-related.
One Buzz respondent said: "Hopefully the two can be kept separate so that we can understand the pre-Covid-19 'normal' decision-making trends. However, the ongoing impact of coronavirus will have an effect on the way members view their benefits."
Another agreed that the timing of the review "addresses a Covid-19 issue - the vulnerability of people coming off furlough," and labelled the inquiry as coming "at the right time and in the right place."
Pension freedoms were called "a disaster" by one Buzz commentator. "Covid-19 has been around for a few months," they said. "Pension freedoms has been around for much longer, and need sorting quickly."
A three-pronged Work and Pensions Committee (WPC) inquiry to review the impact of pension freedoms has been welcomed by the industry as pension savers continue to fall victim to sophisticated scams.
Pensions scams will be the key focus in the first part of a Work and Pensions Committee (WPC) inquiry reviewing the impact of the introduction of pension freedoms five years on.
The code of practice on sole trusteeship being developed by the Association of Professional Pension Trustees is expected to be published within months, chairwoman Nita Tinn says.
The Pensions Regulator (TPR) will open a consultation on planned changes to its codes of practice by the end of the year.
Amendments to the Pension Schemes Bill passed by peers in the House of Lords last night will see a wide-ranging suite of reforms for the pensions industry draw another step closer.