UK Pensions

Why I'm Campaigning So No Police Widow Like Myself Is Left Behind

Cathryn Louise Hall | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK
Cathryn Louise Hall

Our mantra from day one of the campaign has been, "No police widow left behind," this now extends to widowers and civil partners; we will continue to campaign until we achieve parity with Northern Ireland and lifelong pensions for all police survivors.

There's More to Retirement Than Just the Finances!

Diana Moran | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Diana Moran

Whilst the money side of retirement is obviously very important to people, it's not the be all and end all - yet finances seems to be the focus of ALL the attention. As any retirees will know, and perhaps even more so any of you that are in the lead up to your retirement, there is plenty to worry about besides money.

Guess Which Tory Minister Has Been A Labour Member For 18 Months?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Politics

Tory minister Ros Altmann has been expelled from the Labour Party after it discovered she has been a member for more than 18 months, The Huffington Po...

A Group Of Student Lawyers Has Overturned 95% Of DWP Decisions Against 200 People Declared 'Fit For Work'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A group of student lawyers in Bristol has overturned 95% of decisions made by the Department of Work and Pensions in relation to 200 people it deemed ...

Don't Blow Your Pension Pot on a Cruise

Katherine Dandy | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK
Katherine Dandy

Why on earth would you want to cash in your entire pension pot at age 55 when all the statistics point to you living well into your 80s? For many people, the answer is that you would be crazy to do so - you should leave the pot alone to let it grow and be thankful you will have a pension to fall back on when you reach 65.

Pensioning Off Their Legacy

Dale Bilson | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dale Bilson

In the run up to this year's General Election, the UK's two main parties - Labour and the Conservatives - have traded the usual arguments and insults, drawing their battle lines and going to great lengths to highlight their differences.

The Generation Game: Managing Money Through the Ages

Sarah Willis | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Willis

The verdict on Generation Y so far is that they're lazy, narcissistic, entitled and materialistic. Broad generalisations are dangerous, and comparing generational characteristics is arguably nothing but a parlour game; but when it comes to money, today's young do seem more profligate.

Why I'm Fighting for Pensions

Cameron Matthews | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Politics
Cameron Matthews

It appears that asking for a fair deal is too much to ask for from the current government. A government who intend to rip up our pension contracts and impose another significantly detrimental one which includes an unworkable pension age of 60.

Pensions - The Only Time You Turn Down Free Money

Katherine Dandy | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK
Katherine Dandy

Pensions are still regarded as incredibly complicated, scary and boring. We need to dispel the myth that investing in a pension scheme is hard work. For the woman at the party, the advantages of receiving valuable matching contributions from her employer had not got through. She had lost out on 10 years' free money between the ages of 25 to 35.

£25bn More Cuts Are Needed, Says Osborne

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Politics

Chancellor George Osborne has announced an uncompromising squeeze on benefits, freezing welfare for working Brits until 2017 in a move he said would s...

Annuities Are Expensive - Do You Need Them?

Lars Kroijer | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK
Lars Kroijer

As evidenced by the IRR on the annuity the return profile is extremely low risk/return and that may not suit your risk profile - if you can afford greater risk in pursuit of greater returns in your portfolio an annuity may lock you in to lower return expectations for decades ahead.

Going It Alone - What Next for Self-Employment?

Duncan O'Leary | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK
Duncan O'Leary

The way we work in Britain is changing. One in seven of the UK workforce is now registered as self-employed - the highest figure on record. On current...

Got A Pay Rise? This Minister Really Does Not Want You To Enjoy It (Yet)

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Politics

Workers should consider ploughing their pay rises into their pension savings as the government estimates that nearly 12 million people are still not p...

The Age of the Silver Entrepreneur

Maite Baron | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Whatever the reason, the economic contribution of silver professionals is significant and also necessary, as the average age of the UK and US populations continues to rise- this at least is a fact nobody can deny.

Will 'Saffy' Teens be Absolutely Fabulous for Society?

William Higham | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Higham

In my last article, I identified a new young generation, the SAFFYs: Serious, Active, Forward-Facing Youth. They're very different to the "typical teen" parodied by Kevin the Teenager. Less frivolous, hedonistic, lazy and 'devil may care'. More anxious and responsible about the future, and more respectful of the past.

Pension Reforms Welcome News for Savers

Richard Lloyd | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Lloyd

Last year's Queen's Speech tackled a number of key consumer issues, with Bills on the care system, energy reform, and consumer rights. We were hoping for a similar focus on the needs of consumers this year, and we weren't disappointed.

Is Your Teen a Saffy?

William Higham | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Higham

Teenagers? We know what they're like, don't we. They're hedonistic and impetuous. They want their brands 'edgy' and their work easy. They kiss the future and shun the past. Sex, drugs and R&B.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Queen Defends Zombies

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Wednesday 4 June 2014... 1) QUEEN DEFENDS ZOMBIES From the Telegraph's editorial: "Today the Que...

Our Anti-Ageing Society is Killing Us

David Robinson | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
David Robinson

It's not hard to see how these ideas are spread and reinforced: travel no further than your local newsagent to see a long line of birthday cards jokingly but unrelentingly portray ageing as negative. Nearby a row of papers and magazines fixate on youth youthful beauty, pursuits and interests.

The Generation Game

Caragh Little | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

In a visit marked mainly by quietness and enquiring looks, I spent part of the Easter weekend with an older relative who struggles to connect the adult I've become with the child she'd always known. In her mind, I'm still away at university - fixed forever in a time which, in her mind, defines me.

Government Ministers Urged To Calculate How Much Longer They'll Be Around For

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Comedy

Government ministers should estimate how much time they have left, say pensioners. A pensioners spokesman told HuffPost UK Comedy that experts coul...

Why Is The Coalition Planning To Tell You When They Think You'll Die?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Politics

Pensioners could get a government estimate of when they might die in a move to help them better manage their savings, ministers have suggested. Pe...

Making Sure Coffee Farmers Get Their Due

Harriet Lamb | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK
Harriet Lamb

We can only ever be constructively dissatisfied because the scale of the task remains so great. Millions of farmers are lining up to join Fairtrade, but they can only sell as much on fairer terms as the companies and the public buy.

Budget Rewards the Hard-Working - But What About Those in Retirement?

Patrick Stannah | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK Politics
Patrick Stannah

This month's Budget brought welcome reward for Britain's "workers and savers". Toil, self-reliance and thrift have been buzzwords of this Government, and its measures to bring Britain out of economic woe. The mantra has been "reward the worthy" with the subtext: "nothing comes for free."

'Let Pensioners Buy Lamborghinis'

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics

It will be up to pensioners whether they spend their retirement pot on a Lamborghini, pensions minister Steve Webb said as he defended a relaxation of...