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Treasury urged to re-think pension clampdown

by Jack Gilbert on Feb 10, 2017 at 10:26

Chancellor under pressure to row back on proposal to prevent people 'recycling' pension contributions and claiming tax relief twice.

Unmarried woman wins Supreme Court pension battle

by Jack Gilbert on Feb 08, 2017 at 16:46

Supreme Court makes landmark ruling in favour of woman who was not a named beneficiary of her deceased partner's pension.

'Huge' trade in pension savers' data helps scammers

by William Robins on Jan 23, 2017 at 10:12

Investigation by consumer organisation Which? discovers savers' personal data being shared on a ‘huge scale’.

Aviva links up with LinkedIn to hunt for lost pensions

by William Robins on Jan 09, 2017 at 08:23

Pension provider in talks with social media platform over plan for ‘UK’s biggest Treasure hunt’ to track down forgotten policies.

IFS: younger generations set for unequal inheritance boost

by Jack Gilbert on Jan 05, 2017 at 10:41

Thinktank finds younger generation more dependent on inherited wealth than previous generations, although there is a big divide between 'haves' and 'have-nots' .

Field demands Trinity Mirror plug £426m pension hole

by William Robins on Jan 03, 2017 at 09:06

Leading Labour MP Frank Field calls on Pensions Regulator to stop Daily Mirror publisher paying £10 million to shareholders.

State pension to rise by 2.5% in April 2017

by Charles Walmsley on Nov 29, 2016 at 09:41

Review of the costly 'triple lock' policy underpinning state pension looks likely say experts.

Pension firms must show customers best annuity rates

by Jack Gilbert on Nov 28, 2016 at 10:37

City watchdog orders pension providers to tell customers about the best annuity rates on offer before they commit their pension pots on the lifetime contracts. 

Treasury: 'no plans' to cut pensions tax relief

by William Robins on Nov 25, 2016 at 09:54

The Treasury has ‘completely rejected’ suggestions it is looking to reduce the £48 billion it spends on encouraging retirement saving.

All you need to know about the Autumn Statement

by Daniel Grote on Nov 24, 2016 at 08:36

Amid the economic gloom and ballooning debt, we pick out the key points from Philip Hammond's first - and last - Autumn Statement.

FCA caps pension exit fees at 1% to help 'free' savers

by Charles Walmsley on Nov 15, 2016 at 12:50

City watchdog confirms pension providers must charge no more than 1% on people accessing savings under pension freedom reforms.

Scrap unfair state pension triple lock, say MPs

by William Robins on Nov 06, 2016 at 12:28

Influential House of Commons work and pensions committee calls on government to remove costly protection to state pension payments.

Government set to act on pension scam cold calls

by Charles Walmsley on Nov 03, 2016 at 14:18

A House of Lords government representative has indicated it will take action to stop pension scammers cold calling people.

Pensions regulator pursues Philip Green for BHS money

by William Robins on Nov 03, 2016 at 08:18

The Pensions Regulator has lost patience with former owner of BHS department store and demanded he pay more to rescue its pension scheme.

Government gets power to direct pension scheme investments

by Amy Maxwell on Nov 02, 2016 at 09:02

A new law giving government a greater say on how the £217 billion in local government pension schemes is invested raises fears they will be pushed to invest in infrastructure.

Sinking feeling: plumbers face £1.5bn pension 'time bomb'

by William Robins on Oct 31, 2016 at 08:55

Plumbers could be liable for crippling pension scheme debts when they retire, the Scottish National Party has said.

Pension fraud losses jump 25%, say police

by Charles Walmsley on Oct 25, 2016 at 18:46

City of London Police raise estimate of pension fraud losses to over £13 million since introduction of freedom reforms last year.

Waspi hits £75k funding target for legal challenge

by Jack Gilbert on Oct 25, 2016 at 07:00

Six days of crowd-funding sees Women Against State Pension Inequality group raise money it needs for legal battle with government.

Pension investors shun property funds to buy direct

by Michelle McGagh on Oct 24, 2016 at 08:27

Investors have withdrawn £3 billion from property funds this year but a growing number use their pension pots to buy commercial properties directly.

Standard Life could face £125m bill for annuity mis-selling

by William Robins on Oct 19, 2016 at 13:02

Annuity providers may have to pay £450 million in compensation to customers, with Standard Life facing the biggest bill, according to one estimate.

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