A "huge range" of trade bodies and industry players are putting forward ideas on pensions policy to the Conservative Party ahead of the general election, Nigel Waterson says.
The Conservative pension spokesman said the National Association of Pension Funds and the Association of British Insurers were among those actively engaging with them.
He said: "One thing we are not short of is ideas and suggestions. I think people can read the opinion polls and think we might be in government and are keen to influence what we might want to do."
Waterson said the Conservative party wanted to keep companies in the defined benefit business or find variants of DB, such as hybrid schemes, where the whole risk does not fall on the employee.
He said: "We need to make life easier for employers who want to keep their existing DB schemes open but we are also looking at alternatives other than just pure defined contribution that can be made available."
The Tories have looked at the Dutch and American models. The Dutch model, Waterson said, has flexibilities like conditional indexation which the party was seriously looking at.
Aegon head of pensions development Rachel Vahey said: "It is important to address the demise of DB but I would not say DC is the worst thing out there. I believe we can make improvements to DC pensions and that involves helping people develop lifelong financial capability to make sure they understand what is happening and the choices they get presented."
Gatemore Capital Management managing director Mark Hodgson added: "Sharing risk is great in principle but when that risk can impact the competitiveness of the sponsor it becomes less attractive for them to do so."
The NAPF confirmed it was working on a paper ahead of the general election next year, which it said will go out to the industry, including politicians and other people with influence.
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