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British Steel: MPs demand pension transfer fee ban

by Elliot Smith on Feb 15, 2018 at 00:30

House of Commons' work and pensions committee urges Financial Conduct Authority to abolish incentives for advisers switching people out of valuable final salary pensions.

Pensions: government skips self-employed pledge

by Jack Gilbert on Dec 18, 2017 at 07:00

Retirement experts accuse government of breaking manifesto pledge by not extending successful auto-enrolment policy to self-employed.

TUC warns of financial advisers 'targeting' pensions

by Elliot Smith on Oct 26, 2017 at 07:15

Trades Union Congress (TUC) voices concern about workers targeted by financial advisers for their defined benefit (DB) pension scheme savings.

Lords defeat government over cold calling ban

by Jack Gilbert on Oct 25, 2017 at 08:25

The defeat in the Lords means a pensions cold calling ban amendment could be included in the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill.

Pension cold-call ban to be delayed until 2019

by Jack Gilbert on Oct 19, 2017 at 07:50

More than 100,000 people were targeted by pension scammers last year yet the government won't get round to banning cold calls for nearly two years.

Chancellor tipped to cut pension tax relief to help young

by William Robins on Oct 16, 2017 at 07:53

Pension tax relief could be cut for older workers to fund tax cuts for the younger generation as part of government’s effort to win back support from Labour.

Pension transfers ‘are a terrifying thing’ says consumer body

by Jack Gilbert on Oct 04, 2017 at 08:59

Doubts about the quality of advice given to people switching out of valuable final salary pensions alarms the body representing consumer interests to the City watchdog.

BA plan to switch pension scheme risks strike action

by William Robins on Sep 08, 2017 at 08:26

British Airways' plan to stop taking new money into its defined benefit scheme and switch members to less generous plan provokes angry union response.

Treasury hits pension transfer jackpot

by Jack Gilbert on Aug 04, 2017 at 09:30

Treasury officials have spoken to City regulator about the estimated £50 billion switched out of final salary pensions that could stimulate the UK economy.

IFS: pensioner poverty rises as Treasury saves £5bn

by Jack Gilbert, Gavin Lumsden on Aug 03, 2017 at 07:15

Government under pressure to help people hurt by state pension age rises as Institute for Fiscal Studies says reforms save £5.1bn a year.

HMRC under fire for £26m pension freedom tax rebates

by Jack Gilbert on Jul 28, 2017 at 09:00

HM Revenue & Customs faces criticism after disclosing it has repaid over £26 million in tax in the past three months to people who accessed their pension pot cash.

Pension Wise leaving savers open to big tax bills

by Jack Gilbert on Jul 26, 2017 at 09:16

Former pensions minister Ros Altmann says guidance service alone not enough for savers to understand tax impact of withdrawals.

Government urged to bring back pensions cold calling ban

by Charles Walmsley on Jul 19, 2017 at 09:58

Insurer Zurich says government should introduce a cold calling ban to the financial guidance bill due to be heard at committee today.

Supreme Court rules gay couples have equal pension rights

by Jack Gilbert on Jul 13, 2017 at 09:24

The Supreme Court has ruled that gay couples have the same rights to pension death benefits as heterosexual couples in a landmark case.

FCA concerned about annuity market competition

by Charles Walmsley on Jul 12, 2017 at 08:58

Financial Conduct Authority raises concerns about lack of competition in retirement annuities following exits of several providers.

Employers lured by fake auto-enrolment certificate

by William Robins on Jul 03, 2017 at 07:50

Pension scammers attempt to dupe businesses with scheme that promises to exempt them from their pension obligations under the auto-enrolment scheme.

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