Age-based tax relief rumours met with industry criticism

Philip Hammond is understood to be considering cuts to tax relief for older workers to fund tax breaks for younger people, a move that would ‘smack of ageism’ and cause further confusion, industry figures say.

HPE pensioners to bring inflation-proofing dispute before MPs

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Pensioners of Hewlett Packard Enterprises are lobbying the government to force their former employer to provide inflation protection for pension rights built up before 1997, and have gained cross-party support for legislation.

Auto-enrolment strikes a chord with small businesses

Small and micro employers are finding auto-enrolment less costly and time-consuming than they had anticipated, research by the Department for Work and Pensions has found.

Nottinghamshire to create portals for improved admin

Nottinghamshire opens portals

The Nottinghamshire County Council Pension Fund is implementing portals for both employers and members as part of a push to improve administration across the scheme.

Could a shift in AE contributions balance raise saving levels?

Analysis: As questions remain over the adequacy of auto-enrolment contributions, a shift in the balance between employers and employees might provide the answer towards raising retirement saving levels.

Timetable risks breaking dashboard consensus

The Association of British Insurers has called on government to legislate for schemes to provide their data to the pensions dashboard amid criticism a hasty delivery could leave the project failing consumers.

Comment & Analysis

Are pensions what the self-employed need?

More and more people are working for themselves, and their low savings rates could spell disaster for the state. Can auto-enrolment be expanded to cover the self-employed, and how should it be done?

Dash for delivery

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Editorial: The industry is in agreement that for the pensions dashboard to work, schemes need to be forced to provide their data.

We need to talk about PPF drift

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The Pension Protection Fund, the lifeboat for failed defined benefit pension schemes, is facing a looming iceberg known as ‘PPF drift’, says Lincoln Pensions' Richard Farr.

Videos & Podcasts

How trustees and employers can support member decisions

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Podcast: How can trustees and employers provide support on members' financial decisions without being subject to regulation? Kate Smith, head of pensions at provider Aegon, and Mike Crowe, trustee representative at Dalriada Trustees, discuss the Financial Conduct Authority's employer and trustee factsheet and what can be done to improve members' financial wellbeing. 

A closer look at the main parties' pension proposals

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Podcast: From a double lock to a flexible state pension age, Malcolm McLean, senior consultant at Barnett Waddingham, and Edward Brown, partner at law firm Hogan Lovells, discuss the pension policies the political parties have proposed in their manifestos ahead of the election on June 8.

DB green paper: Can it strike a balance?

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Video: What do businesses say about the defined benefit green paper's focus on regulation, and where do unions have concerns about member protection? Rachel Smith, principal labour market economist at the Confederation of British Industry and Tim Sharp, policy officer at the Trades Union Congress, give their views.

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