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Regulators vow to work together to combat scams

by Jack Gilbert on Aug 23, 2016 at 08:45

Financial Conduct Authority and other regulators pledge to tackle growing number of frauds following last year's pension freedom reforms. 

Pension freedom raiders unprepared for cost of care

by Justin Cash on Aug 23, 2016 at 07:48

Most people who have dipped into their retirement savings are unprepared for future care costs, new figures suggest.

Tax man challenges 'in specie' pension contributions

by Jack Gilbert on Aug 18, 2016 at 15:52

Business owners and others using property and shares to make pension contributions could face HM Revenue & Customs crackdown.

Pensions need managing not 'fat cat' dividend cuts

by Gavin Lumsden on Aug 17, 2016 at 15:17

Should companies cut dividends to shore up their pension schemes? No, there are other things they should do first.

ABI: some savers withdraw too much pension cash

by Jack Gilbert on Aug 15, 2016 at 11:00

Most savers are being sensible with their pension freedoms but a minority are depleting their retirement pots too quickly, new figures show. 

MPs blame Philip Green for BHS pension scandal

by Charles Walmsley on Jul 25, 2016 at 09:30

Report by MPs says former BHS owner has a moral duty to bail out the department store's pension scheme after neglecting it for years.

Labour MPs call for compulsory Pension Wise sessions

by Ollie Smith on Jul 06, 2016 at 15:21

Labour MPs Rachel Reeves and Stephen Timms have called for Pension Wise to be made compulsory for people looking to take advantage of pension freedoms.

Ex-BHS boss Green ‘pressed’ Altmann with texts

by Jack Gilbert on Jun 28, 2016 at 17:04

Former BHS owner Philip Green ‘continued to press’ pensions minister Ros Altmann via text message, evidence sent to MPs reveals.

Government writes to 100,000 losers of new state pension

by Jack Gilbert on Jun 23, 2016 at 07:30

Frank Field MP says there has been ‘untold confusion’ around the new, flat-rate state pension and who qualifies for it.

Young people hopeful, but unrealistic, about their finances

by Michelle McGagh on May 13, 2016 at 08:00

Young people are increasingly hopeful about their finances but their optimism may be misplaced, a government survey suggests.

'Waspi' MPs issue stinging attack on pension minister

by Ollie Smith on May 12, 2016 at 12:16

New all-party group of MPs backing Women Against State Pension Inequality warn Stephen Crabb they are not going away. 

MPs criticise pension regulator over BHS crisis

by Jack Gilbert on May 10, 2016 at 10:13

Lesley Titcomb, chief executive of The Pension Regulator, forced to defend her organisation's oversight of failed department store group.

Philip Green calls for Field to quit BHS inquiry

by Charles Walmsley on May 06, 2016 at 08:59

Retail tycoon hits back at Frank Field MP over his call for Green to be stripped of his knighthood over the collapse of BHS group.

State pension row: MPs rally to support women

by Jack Gilbert on Apr 21, 2016 at 10:33

MPs will form an all-party parliamentary group to support women hit by state pension age rises.

Trustees warn pension money disappearing offshore

by Jack Gilbert on Apr 11, 2016 at 08:00

Offshore funds are at the heart of the latest wave of pension scams, say trustees tasked with recovering members’ money.

Lifetime ISA loophole could provide double saving boost

by Michelle McGagh on Mar 22, 2016 at 11:38

Canny savers could use pensions and lifetime ISAs and gain a double tax break, provided the chancellor doesn't close the loophole first.

MPs back early state pension for women

by Ollie Smith on Mar 11, 2016 at 08:40

Work and pensions committee will recommend women hit by accelerated rises in the state pension age should be allowed to take their pension early.

NHS trust probed over nurses' pension deal

by Charles Walmsley on Mar 08, 2016 at 09:05

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust referred to The Pension Regulator over pay deal offering nurses higher salary for opting out of pension scheme.

Chancellor drops pension tax changes from Budget

by Ollie Smith, William Robins, Michelle McGagh on Mar 07, 2016 at 13:25

Chancellor George Osborne has abandoned plans to reform pension tax in next week's Budget but experts say it's a stay of execution.

State pension age review to be led by ex-CBI chief

by Justin Cash on Mar 01, 2016 at 18:12

Government announces former CBI director general John Cridland will head review into sustainability of state pension age.

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