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    Budget announcement on pension charge cap

    Budget announcement on pension charge cap

    Increasing pension charge cap for workplace pensions may not be necessary to drive pension money into long-term investments and does not overcome the major barriers. Plans to boost investments in infrastructure or illiquid projects should focus more on Defined Benefit schemes which hold over £2trillion rather than on Defined Contribution which hold around £200billion. The Chancellor’s announcement of an increase in the charge cap for auto-enrolment pension schemes, above the current 0.75% level, has been well-trailed.  The intention to encourage…

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    It’s not too late to save the triple lock!

    It’s not too late to save the triple lock!

    It’s not too late to save vital earnings protection for state pensions – can use adjusted ONS earnings figures of around 3.2%. Government still has time to rethink its panic decision to break Manifesto commitment to keep triple lock.  House of Lords hasn’t yet passed legislation to remove precious earnings link and I hope Ministers will think again – poorest pensioners should not be abandoned as cost of living for them soars.  The ONS announcement of September’s CPI figure need…

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    Government doesn’t need to drop triple lock earnings link

    Government doesn’t need to drop triple lock earnings link

    Dropping the triple lock earnings linking is a triple broken promise to pensioners. The legislation to abandon earnings protection for poorest pensioners is unnecessary and based on a false premise as scare stories of an 8% pension increase are wrong. I will warn against setting a dangerous precedent in today’s Lords debate and explain how to save over £3billion without jeopardising poorest pensioners, mostly women. The current legislation allows State Pensions and Pension Credit uprating to use ONS adjusted earnings…

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    State Pension earnings link in triple lock must not be abandoned

    State Pension earnings link in triple lock must not be abandoned

    State Pension earnings link in triple lock must not be abandoned. Uprating reflects retrospective inflation but forecast steep price rises will hit poorest pensioners most. Government must not abandon the earnings link in the State Pension uprating calculation:  To abandon the earnings link element of the State Pension triple lock would be a potential disaster for pensions and pensioner poverty.  With the lowest State Pension in the developed world and millions of pensioners already living in poverty, failing to uprate…

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    Dropping the earnings link for state pensions sets a dangerous precedent

    Dropping the earnings link for state pensions sets a dangerous precedent

    Pensioners are not all well-off, millions rely on the State Pension which is the lowest in the developed world.    Removing the earnings link sets a dangerous precedent that pensioners are a target for cost savings.    Basic state pension was worth 26% of average earnings in 1979, fell to 16.3% by 2010 and is now 19% with new State Pension at 24.8%.    A comprehensive review of pensioner support is needed, not short-term sudden changes in their protection.   It…

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    Chancellor and PM can help pension funds create their Investment Big Bang

    Chancellor and PM can help pension funds create their Investment Big Bang

    PM and Chancellor are right to encourage UK pension funds to invest more in UK growth projects.    Investment Big Bang could be kick-started at pace and scale by DB pensions more easily than DC, including near £300billion local authority pension assets.    If Government offers a guaranteed return at least equivalent to gilts, DB schemes could invest more freely, boost growth more quickly and help fix their deficits faster.    Long-term Asset Fund can help DC schemes overcome daily…

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    State Pension needs radical overhaul, not short-term tinkering

    State Pension needs radical overhaul, not short-term tinkering

    Don’t abandon State Pension triple lock just because of one year’s figures.  Triple lock is not a sensible policy – it’s a political construct that has acquired totemic significance.    We need a comprehensive review of all aspects of pensioner support, not constant tinkering with parts of it.  Take the political meddling away and let’s have a sensible retirement income system for all.      State pension triple lock is an inefficient policy tool, but has proved a really potent…

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    Reducing pensioner poverty – over 2 million poor pensioners need encouragement to claim Pension Credit

    Reducing pensioner poverty – over 2 million poor pensioners need encouragement to claim Pension Credit

    Worrying rise in number of pensioners living in poverty.   Poverty particularly acute for oldest and single pensioners, those in social rented housing and those from black and Asian backgrounds.  Yet official figures show £1.6billion Pension Credit is going unclaimed each year with nearly a million pensioner households missing out on an average £1600 a year. Delighted to see AgeUK, Len Goodman and Rustie Lee joining calls to improve Pension Credit take-up, which has been stuck at 40% since 2010. Worrying…

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    A chance to end pensioner poverty this Bank Holiday

    A chance to end pensioner poverty this Bank Holiday

    This Bank Holiday weekend, if you’re visiting elderly relatives or neighbours, could be a golden opportunity to stop pensioner poverty. Furlough payments supported workers with their living costs during lockdown, but over one million isolated pensioners have not had money they’re entitled to.  £1.8billion Pension Credit is going unclaimed by UK pensioners – this money is rightfully theirs, so do tell them about it or help them apply. Up to £9,000 a year Pension Credit for single pensioners PLUS perhaps…

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    FCA proposes tougher action to protect pension customers – at last!

    FCA proposes tougher action to protect pension customers – at last!

    At last the FCA will force providers to help customers with unbiased PensionWise guidance. Pension freedoms were always intended to go hand in hand with help for customers to understand the risks of taking money from their pension.   PensionWise service has rave reviews but less than one in ten customers use it before withdrawing or moving their pension money.   Let’s hope providers do ensure their customers take-up PensionWise appointments to help avoid scams or expensive irreversible mistakes and unnecessary tax…

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