Pensions & Benefits
- Tuesday, 18 September 2012
NFOP is appalled by the decision to discriminate against women in a bid to save the Treasury money.
Steve Webb, Pensions Minister, has confirmed that the Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP) age for women has not increased in line with the State Pension age.
Women with a contracted out final salary pension will now receive smaller pensions than men of the same age but with similar work patterns.
- Monday, 17 September 2012
Well-known bosses - including stars of BBC’s Dragons’ Den and The Apprentice, Theo Paphitis and Karren Brady - feature in a new advertising campaign starting today (Monday) to raise awareness of the biggest change in pensions for over 100 years.
The Government’s major “automatic enrolment” programme, being introduced from October, aims to get up to 11 million more people saving in a workplace pension by 2018.
- Monday, 10 September 2012
With more than 465,000 people in the UK due to turn 75 this year, TV Licensing and Independent Age are reminding older TV Licence holders they will be entitled to a free TV Licence on their 75th birthday.
Anyone aged 75 or over is eligible for a free TV Licence for their main address. There are currently almost four million free TV Licences in force - and with some 4.9 million adults over the age of 75 living in the UK, TV Licensing is encouraging those able to claim the concession to apply online or by phone.
- Thursday, 06 September 2012
Britain’s biggest pensioner organisation, the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) has today (September 7) published a new report calling for the retention of all universal age-related benefits, such as the winter fuel allowance and concessionary bus pass.
The report, entitled Sir Alan Sugar and the Missing Bus Pass, claims the current debate surrounding the provision of universal age-related benefits needs a bit more honesty. It argues that taking the bus pass away from “millionaire pensioners” such as Sir Alan Sugar; given that he probably doesn’t use one anyway, will do nothing to save money.
- Wednesday, 22 August 2012
A government report has found that elderly cancer patients are routinely denied information about financial help they could receive.
This is because hospital staff believe pensioners do not need the support, the Department of Health study claims.
- Thursday, 19 July 2012
Following a year-long investigation into the pensions industry, Seeing through the British Pension System found that 21 out of 23 providers denied there were any additional charges other than the annual management charge (AMC) and administration costs.
- Thursday, 12 July 2012
Stark new warnings about what needs to be done to plug the UK’s deepening pensions crisis will prompt yet more retirees to move themselves and their pensions out of rain-soaked Britain and off to sunnier climes, says the boss of the world’s largest independent financial advisory firm.
- Tuesday, 10 July 2012
Britain’s biggest pensioner organisation, the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) has criticised a speech by Conservative MP Nick Boles and pledged to fight any plans to withdraw or means-test universal benefits such as the free bus pass or the winter fuel allowance.
Cuts to public transport and rising fares mean families are “forced to rely on cars” for the first time
- Tuesday, 10 July 2012
Responding to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) report, Minimum Income Standard for the UK, which found that cuts to public transport and rising fares mean families are being forced to rely on cars for the first time, Richard Hebditch, Campaign for Better Transport’s campaigns director, said:
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- Possible benefit cuts for wealthier pensioners
- Iain Duncan Smith has wrong end of stick on benefits
- Frozen pension campaigners mark Jubilee with Commonwealth concern