MPs call for more financial advice

The work and pensions select committee suggests in its latest report that the personal accounts system, which was proposed in a government white paper last December, would need a national financial advice service to ensure its success.

However, with millions of people facing debt management troubles across the country, the government has no idea how much a financial advice service would cost to establish, warned the recent report.

“The provision of generic financial advice and well-signposted routes to individualised personal financial advice will be key to making personal accounts a success,” the select committee report read.

“Government, industry and the financial sector should work together to ensure that we do not inadvertently create a generation of non-savers.”

A recent study by the Consumer Credit Counselling Service suggested that the UK’s debt management burden is increasingly shifting on to older generations.

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