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  • My financial life: why I have to work in retirement

    By Michelle McGagh | 23 Mar 2012

    ... ‘It definitely helps financially because we haven’t got big pensions and working
    has allowed us to do the things we want to do,’ says Sylvia. ...

    Sylvia Glover has worked consistently since retiring nine years ago and believes older people have a lot to contribute to society.

  • End of 'contracting out' could put your retirement income at risk

    By Michelle McGagh | 02 Apr 2012

    ... Contracting out, which will be abolished from 6 April, allowed those paying into
    a final salary or career average pension scheme to divert a proportion of ...

    Changes to pension legislation that will abolish ‘contracting out’ could leave some people at risk of running out of funds in retirement.

  • Morning Line: Are pensions a rip-off? Almost certainly

    By Chris Marshall | 12 Feb 2010

    ... galling figures published about the depletion of people’s pensions over the last
    decade with this week’s revelation that the average pension income has ...

    Forget the latest Apple innovation, for the most hype look at pensions - the ultimate must-have one-size-fits-all solution.

  • Is it worth taking out a pension?

    By Lorna Bourke | 20 Apr 2009

    ... But the government has clamped down on ASPs and it is not worth considering for
    the average pension saver with less than £100,000 in their pension pot because ...

    There are other options which are arguably just as good as pension saving.

  • How to boost your pension in retirement

    By Michelle McGagh | 04 May 2012

    ... When income from company, private and state pensions are added together, the average
    pension income is £15,500 a year, according to Prudential. ...

    As people live longer, many are finding their pension insufficient to meet their needs. Here are some ways you can supplement your income.

  • Pensioners shoulder average personal debt of £8,180

    By Michelle McGagh | 29 Mar 2012

    ... Rising living costs and lack of pension savings are pushing more retired people
    into debt, with the average retiree now shouldering £8,180 of personal debt. ...

    The average UK retiree now shoulders £8,180 of personal debt, and worryingly 178,000 retired people owe more than £100,000.

  • Nest pension contributions in doubt as savers tighten belts

    By Lorna Bourke | 29 Sep 2011

    ... Overall, the rolling 12-month average pension contribution for men and women rose
    by £9 over last year, less than £1 a month, bringing the average ...

    With pension contributions under pressure, more information is needed on the National Employment Savings Trust (Nest) scheme to ensure employees maximise their retirement incomes.

  • Savings: how your employer can help you get an ISA

    By Michelle McGagh | 27 Feb 2012

    ... 'The average pension pot we deal with is £45,000 which is slightly higher
    than the average pot which is £30,000,' he said. 'We ...

    Employers offer a number of perks, of which arguably the most beneficial is a pension, but you could reap even more benefit from a workplace individual savings account (ISA).

  • Discrimination ruling threatens annuity 'chaos' for male pensioners

    By Lorna Bourke | 03 Feb 2011

    ... The basic principle of annuities is that those who die early fund the pensions of
    those who live longer producing an average pension payment for all. ...

    The annuity rate for men to convert their retirement savings into a pension could be hit by a ruling from the European Court of Justice next month.  

  • Public sector pensions: the unions just don’t get it

    By Lorna Bourke | 23 Jun 2011

    ... For private sector employees retiring today, the averagepension pot’ produced
    by accumulated contributions will generate an income of less than £3,000 a ...

    It is imperative the government holds its ground on public sector pension reforms and does not give in to the threat of mass strikes, writes Lorna Bourke.  

  • Public sector pensions are still a great deal

    By Lorna Bourke | 18 Mar 2011

    ... average public sector pensions, saying that just over 1.5 million public sector
    pensioners receive less than £5,600 a year and the average pension across all ...

    With the unions planning strikes in protest at the recent Hutton recommendations for reform of public sector pensions, it’s time it was spelled out to these employees how fortunate they are.

  • Pension auto-enrolment could spark 'next scandal'

    By Michelle McGagh | 11 Oct 2012

    ... up claims regarding pension charges and seems to ignore the recent Department for
    Work and Pensions’ research which shows that average pension charges for ...

    Companies that enrol staff into high-charging pension schemes could spark the next wave of mis-selling, a new report claims.

  • Gulf between pension schemes continues to grow

    By Michelle McGagh | 05 Apr 2012

    ... After 30 years the DB scheme member would be entitled to an index-linked pension
    based on 50% of final pay, or £13,000 for someone on an average pension. ...

    Workers saving into defined contribution pension schemes have to save 10 times more than colleagues in defined benefit pensions.

  • Can £750bn of property wealth avert a pensions crisis?

    By Michelle McGagh | 16 Jul 2012

    ... average retiree receives. Stephen Lowe, group director of external affairs and customer
    insight at Just Retirement, said there was a huge gap between pension ...

    Funding longer retirements and hefty long-term care bills means more pensioners will be forced to look at making their property pay.

  • Q&A: what is a 'defined ambition' pension scheme?

    By Michelle McGagh | 11 Apr 2012

    ... Public sector workers will be moved to a career average pension scheme, which means
    that instead of receiving the equivalent of up to two-thirds of their ...

    The government has set out plans for a new kind of company retirement scheme where employers and employees share the burden of pension saving.

  • Hutton tells us to take pensions responsibility as TUC slams fat cats

    By Lorna Bourke | 24 Nov 2005

    ... worth on average £167,000 a year compared with £6,344 for ordinary workers.
    NHS workers have an average pension of £5,400 a year. ...

    Whatever pension reforms are recommended by the Pensions Commission on 30th of this month, we must all take responsibility for providing for ourselves in retirement.

  • Why retiring at age 68 isn't too late

    By Michelle McGagh | 08 May 2012

    ... When the basic state pension was introduced in 1948 the average person lived just
    two years in retirement – not a huge burden on the government or taxpayers. ...

    Public sector unions have launched a campaign against government plans to increase the state pension age to 68 but fail to take into account the burden faced by taxpayers.

  • Pension income drops 70% in a decade

    By Chris Marshall | 10 Feb 2010

    ... The steady decline of annuity rates alongside a staggering drop in the size of the
    average pension pot means pension income has dropped by more than 70% in the ...

    Warning of ignorance over annuities as new research shows the extent of the decline in retirement income.

  • Mortgage payments continue into retirement for 400,000 people

    By Michelle McGagh | 23 Aug 2012

    ... A total of 26% of 55 to 64-year-olds expect to have credit card debt in retirement
    averaging £2,453, 20% of people in the 45 to 54 age bracket think they will ...

    Figures show people are entering retirement with outstanding mortgage and debt on credit cards.

  • 10 public sector pension myths busted by the Hutton review

    By Gavin Lumsden | 07 Oct 2010

    ... The average pension paid is around £7,800 per year. Around half of public sector
    pensioners receive less than £5,600 per year, says Hutton. ...

    Lord Hutton's interim report on public sector pensions sheds a lot of light into the complex issues around pension provision in the UK.

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