The government has ruled out topping up a pensions lifeboat fund with surplus unclaimed pensions cash from life insurers, ie it has ruled out theft of private money for use in public expenditure.
Andrew Young, of the Government Actuary's Department, said that non-tax sources of funding for the Financial Assistance Scheme FAS (inherited estate orphan assets, windfall taxes or an extension of existing levies on solvent occupational pension schemes) were largely unsuitable.
He noted that there would be:
"substantial legislative and administrative barriers to establishing such a scheme".
How annoying when the law blocks government plans for theft!
You can be assured that this will not be the last that we hear of this scheme, and that the government will be doing its best to try to find a way around these "legal obstacles".