The People’s Pension1 has announced that it has passed £25bn in assets under management (AUM), making it the first independent master trust in the UK to announce the milestone.  

This reinforces its position as the largest independent master trust in the UK, which has been achieved in a little over a decade since it was launched in 2012. Today the scheme, provided by not-for-profit organisation People’s Partnership, serves more than 6.5 million members from over 100,000 employers from all sectors.

Commenting on reaching the milestone AuM figure, Patrick Heath-Lay, Chief Executive Office of People’s Partnership, said:

“Reaching £25 billion assets under management is a significant milestone for The People’s Pension, which has achieved remarkable growth over the past decade or so.

“As an organisation founded for social good, everything we do, we do in the best interests of our members, meaning this latest milestone is great news for them. Our scale enables us to deliver fantastic value, with our members receiving full benefit of our activities. From here the scheme will only continue to grow and we are on track to reach the £50 billion mark in the next five years. We anticipate that this rate of growth will be further accelerated by the steps being taken to consolidate the workplace pension market so that there are fewer, bigger and better value schemes available.

“Our increasing scale and use of our ‘profit for people’ philosophy, gives us the ability to deliver exceptional value and take advantage of a consolidating marketplace.”

Mark Condron, Chair of The People’s Pension Trustee, said: “Scale is incredibly important to pension schemes and the more The People’s Pension continues to grow, the more we can seek to provide even better value for our members.”

The master trust recently outlined its ambition to move from the auto-enrolment space to become a leading workplace pension provider, as it continues to build its proposition with the recent introduction of a new set of retirement planning tools, a financial wellbeing offering, and a member app set to be launched later this year.