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"Lest we forget" - can we sweep legacy under the table?

Yesterday, I wrote about why a good chunk of the personal pensions sold before 2000 (and a few after) were poor value for customers. The pensions were sold with “a lifetime of advice inside”, scandalously, the advice seldom materialised. 807 more words


Beware the so-called positive age stereotype (again)

Launching a scheme to encourage employers to hire older workers on a form of ‘work experience’, Steve Webb, the pensions minister, is quoted here in The Telegraph… 205 more words

In The News

Pensions too boring for DWP select committee member

Nigel Mills MP, who sits on the DWP’s Pension Select committee is so committed to his task that he chose to turn up to a DWP committee meeting as a part of the recent pensions debate. 514 more words


What is the future of UK pensions?

On Wednesday (10th December)  I will be speaking at a Prospect conference which asks “what is the future of Pensions” in the UK.

It is great to see journalists from outside the pension industry picking up on the issues we struggle with. 720 more words


What hope for a state pension?

In the Telegraph today the Pensions Minister answers the questions of readers. Up first is a question about whether the state pension will still exist in a few decades. 928 more words

Finance / Taxation

We need a Bus and a Lamborghini!

My friend Ralph Frank is very good at putting his finger on the problem. If he was a Doctor, I’d trust his diagnosis and I like to think of him with a stethoscope prodding around the body financial – listening for oddities. 738 more words


Austerity, ageing and the financialisation of pensions policy in the UK

Journal article published in British Politics.

This article offers a detailed analysis of the recent history of pensions policy in the United Kingdom, culminating in two apparent ‘revolutions’ in policy now underway: the introduction of ‘automatic enrolment’ into private pensions, and proposals for a new ‘single-tier’ state pension. 162 more words