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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.

Government abandons annuity sellers’ market

by William Robins, Gavin Lumsden on Oct 19, 2016 at 12:13

Consumer groups express disappointment and pension providers relief after Treasury drops plans to let pensioners cash in annuities.

SNP: lifetime ISA is a 'gimmick' which may stop pension saving

by Charles Walmsley on Oct 18, 2016 at 08:18

The SNP has attacked the government over the lifetime ISA, describing the savings product for people under 40 as a 'gimmick' which could undermine the future of auto-enrolment.

Watchdog orders Standard Life to review annuity sales

by Charles Walmsley, William Robins on Oct 18, 2016 at 07:00

Company may have to pay compensation to customers who missed out on buying enhanced annuities at retirement. 

Triple lock on the block as state pension reviewed

by Charles Walmsley on Oct 14, 2016 at 10:49

John Cridland's state pension review suggests dropping 'triple lock' protection to avoid further rises in the state pension age. 

Osborne pension reforms will blow £5bn hole in budget

by William Robins on Oct 12, 2016 at 09:38

The combined effect of the ex-chancellor's pension reforms will be less pension saving, says Office for Budget Responsibility.

State pension reform would see graduates wait longer

by William Robins on Oct 11, 2016 at 08:00

Graduates would have to wait longer for their state pension while others retire earlier under two-tier system considered by government.

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