UK Pensions

The Generation Game

Caragh Little | Posted 22.04.2014 | 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 06.04.2014 | 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 31.03.2014 | 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...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Let Them Buy Lamborghinis

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Friday 21 March 2014... 1) LET THEM BUY LAMBORGHINIS The Mirror wins the best headline award for it...

A Budget for Those Who Really WILL Vote

Iain Anderson | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics
Iain Anderson

After decades of pensions and savings policy being the 'Cinderella' of Treasury priorities - George Osborne today unleashed reforms for the thrifty that are bound to capture the imagination of the very voters on which he now pins his hopes.

If Welfare Is to Work, Morality Matters

Sheila Lawlor | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Politics
Sheila Lawlor

This week the battle over the morality of benefit reform took a new twist. Labour's leader, Ed Miliband, was warned by one of his MPs that Labour should be far tougher on benefits reform.

Scrap Pension Relief - Help Cut the Deficit and Increase the State Pension

Joseph Finlay | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Politics
Joseph Finlay

Pension relief is one of the most common (and government-sanctioned ways) to avoid tax. Limiting it (especially if other exemptions and loopholes were also altered) could lead to further knock on gains for the public purse as higher earners find fewer simple ways to avoid taxation at their disposal.

GRAPH: How Badly Will Welfare Cuts Hit Young People?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne's promise to cut £12 billion more off the welfare budget after 2015 will pile further pressure onto young people. Young people ...

IDS Said WHAT To Osborne?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne has been attacked for "hacking at the same people" by cabinet colleagues after proposing to cut £12 billion more from the welfare budg...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Dave Defends Tax Cuts At The Top

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Happy New Year! Here are the five things you need to know on Sunday 5 January 2013... 1) DAVE DEFENDS TAX CUTS AT THE TOP Are the Tories - in th...

No Room for Rip-Off Pension Schemes in the Workplace

Peter Vicary-Smith | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Vicary-Smith

The Regulatory Policy Committee's recent response to the Department of Work and Pensions' (DWP) Impact Assessment on a pension charge cap is disappointing, and seems to be more concerned about the impact on pension companies' profits than the potential benefits to consumers.

Why We Need to Lower the Voting Age

Louis Degenhardt | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Louis Degenhardt

Lowering the voting age is by no means a silver bullet to political apathy, an issue so deep-rooted that no single reform can be seen as a remedy to the problem. But it would be a step in the right direction, and might just amount to a turning of the tide against youth disenfranchisement. Surely this can only be a good thing.

The Government Must Do the Right Thing - Unfreeze Pensions and Give Foreign-Based British Nationals the Income They So Rightly Deserve

John Markham | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Politics
John Markham

After a lifetime of working in Britain, paying taxes and mandatory National Insurance contributions, many pensioners wish to spend their retirement overseas, often joining family, or returning to their country of origin. On the face of it this is a fair wish for those who have contributed to the economy for so long.

Working Later Must Include Support for Caring

Chris Ball | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK
Chris Ball

We will be looking for policies for working carers as well as decent standards in the design of work, lifelong learning / job training, flexible working, and benefits which generally support the health and financial security of employees.

Raising State Pension Ages - We Have to Change Work First!

Chris Ball | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Ball

One problem is that ageing workers are widely seen as "a burden" with the focus of attention being on their chronological ages rather than their work capacity (or, to use an increasingly recognised concept, their work-ability) which can vary enormously from worker to worker of the same ages.

Work Until You're 70, Osborne Tells Young People

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne will confirm in today's Autumn Statement that millions of young people will be forced to work until they're 70 years old, under plans t...

81-Year-Old Pensioner Charged With Wife's Murder

PA | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK

An 80-year-old pensioner has been charged with the murder of his 81-year-old wife, police said. Peter Richard Beaver of Sherfield Avenue, Leigh Par...

Generous? Five Myths About Firefighter Pensions and the Government's Attacks

Matt Wrack | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Wrack

Over the past few months, the government has repeatedly claimed that their proposed pension scheme for firefighters will be "one of the most generous" in the public sector. However, firefighters argue that they will be priced out by a scheme that will be far more expensive, but worth much less... Here are five myths about firefighter pensions that can be easily busted.

Hands Off My Pension

Richard Lloyd | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Lloyd

Last week the government announced plans to reform the pensions market, proposing a cap on administration fees for auto-enrolment schemes. But while we strongly support the direction of the government's plans there is an urgent need for better minimum standards for all workplace pensions.

Asa Bennett

BoE Spent HOW Much Spent On Deputy's Leaving Bashes? | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Politics

The Bank of England has sparked outrage for spending nearly £9,200 on two leaving parties for former deputy governor Paul Tucker, even though he rece...

The Scottish Government Cannot Continue to Obfuscate on Pensions

Gregg McClymont | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK Politics
Gregg McClymont

Pensions and savings are increasingly central to Scotland's independence debate. Today you will hear more about them at the SNP's conference. The Scottish Government's much trailed pensions paper was eagerly anticipated. Finally answers to the difficult questions would be forthcoming, we were told. A blueprint for unwinding Scotland from a UK pensions system built up over generations was expected. It didn't happen.

LOOK: Government Produces Cringe-Worth Rap About Pensions

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.10.2013 | UK