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Royal Mail to close defined benefit pension scheme

by Charles Walmsley on Apr 13, 2017 at 11:29

Shares rise on move but analysts warn closure without agreement on replacement scheme could trigger strike action.

Labour unveils four-point pensioners' pledge card

by Charles Walmsley on Apr 12, 2017 at 12:15

Citywire examines party's pledge to maintain state pension 'triple lock', offer some compensation to women hit by state pension age rises, protect UK pensioners living abroad and keep free bus passes.

Hargreaves warns of '1980s'-style pension scandal

by Jack Gilbert on Apr 11, 2017 at 09:46

Wealth manager Hargreaves Lansdown alarmed history could repeat itself as more people switch from valuable final salary pensions.

State pension age should hit 68 seven years early

by Jack Gilbert on Mar 23, 2017 at 07:07

John Cridland report recommends increases in state pension age should be accelerated and rise from 67 to 68 between 2037 and 2039.

Green could get £15m refund on BHS pension deal – MPs

by Jack Gilbert on Mar 21, 2017 at 08:10

MPs say Philip Green's settlement with Pension Regulator over BHS pension scheme could be reduced depending on what members do.

Budget 2017: Brexit challenge could tighten tax net

by Michelle McGagh on Mar 06, 2017 at 12:39

Pension and tax experts peer into the crystal ball to predict outcome of chancellor's last Spring Budget on Wednesday.

Philip Green to pay £363m to BHS pension scheme

by Jack Gilbert on Mar 01, 2017 at 08:08

Retail tycoon reaches agreement with regulators on settlement to help members of former department store’s pension scheme.

'Flexible' retirement a 'mirage', says Royal London

by William Robins on Feb 27, 2017 at 10:31

The idea of working in retirement to top up pension income may sound attractive but could result in toiling well past age 70, new research suggests.

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.

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