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Data errors could see 4 million paid wrong pension

by William Robins on Feb 08, 2016 at 08:36

Faulty record keeping threatens to undermine the introduction of the flat-rate state pension in April, say experts.

Altmann hits out at 'hateful' state pension campaign bullying

by Ollie Smith on Feb 08, 2016 at 07:47

Pensions minister Ros Altmann has accused the Women Against State Pension Inequality campaign of bullying her.

Osborne plans Budget blow to high earners' pension tax relief

by William Robins on Jan 18, 2016 at 16:31

Chancellor George Osborne will announce plans to implement a flat rate of pension tax relief in this year's Budget, according to the Financial Times.

Flat rate state pension will cause new political storm

by Frances Coppola on Jan 18, 2016 at 08:00

The furore over women's state pension age increases will be nothing compared to grievances new flat-rate state pension will cause.

Interest-only mortgages: thousands may be forced to sell

by Michelle McGagh on Jan 14, 2016 at 12:02

Those expecting equity release to save them from their interest-only mortgages will be disappointed.

Women's pension petition gains 88k signatures

by Justin Cash on Dec 22, 2015 at 09:10

Campaigners fighting increases in women's state retirement age say they are on track to get the 100,000 signatures for a parliamentary debate.

Property vs pension: the two stages of retirement funding

by Michelle McGagh on Oct 07, 2015 at 08:00

Smaller pensions and house price increases mean pensions and homes will now fund retirement.

Government closes public sector pension transfer loophole

by William Robins on Aug 19, 2015 at 12:06

The Treasury has published legislation closing a loophole that allowed transfers of public sector pensions to some overseas schemes.

Pensions: the savers left in the lurch by exit fee clampdown

by Michelle McGagh on Jul 30, 2015 at 16:04

The government's clampdown on exit fees charged by pension companies is good news, but it won't help all savers.

Pension and property can pay a 'living inheritance'

by Michelle McGagh on Jun 19, 2015 at 12:01

Easier access to pension and property wealth means some well-off, older people can pass money to their children before they die.

Mortgage denied! Older borrowers forced into equity release

by Michelle McGagh on Jun 16, 2015 at 14:00

Older homeowners are finding themselves frozen out of the mainstream mortgage market.

MPs to receive pension boost in £10m pay rise

by Jun Merrett on Jun 04, 2015 at 10:03

MPs are set to receive thousands of pounds more in pension benefits as part of their 10% pay rise.

Friends Life U-turns on pension freedom plans

by Jun Merrett on Jun 04, 2015 at 09:50

Friends Life has dropped plans to allow savers to take as much money out of their pensions as they want after age 55, saying the changes are too complex.

Forget pensions as bank accounts, your home is a cash machine

by Michelle McGagh on May 20, 2015 at 12:26

Equity release can help older people fund their retirement without the need to touch their pension.

Watchdog raises concerns over rise in pension cold calls

by Alex Steger on May 18, 2015 at 07:51

The Information Commissioner’s Office has raised concerns over the number of savers being cold called about their pensions.

Citywire Money Guide to Pension Freedom

The government has abolished rules restricting what you can do with the money in your pension pot. Here's what it all means. 

Webb warns retirees over pension scams after text alert

by Alex Steger on Feb 17, 2015 at 14:10

Pensions minister Steve Webb has warned retirees over the dangers of pension scammers after he received a text message from a suspicious sounding firm offering to review his pension savings.

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