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    Manifesto cost May the election

    Manifesto cost May the election

    11 June 2017 Tory Manifesto cost May the election Social care proposals alienated core voters AND would have made care crisis even worse There is no silver bullet – care crisis needs a range of solutions The Tory Manifesto was a turning point in the election campaign.  To say the policy announcements on pensions and care were badly thought through would be an understatement. They don’t really seem to have been thought through at all. The combination of means-testing Winter…

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    Election Manifesto for older voters – 6-point plan for reform

    Election Manifesto for older voters – 6-point plan for reform

    20 April 2017 Help poorer pensioners, older women and families facing elderly care Radical overhaul of social care to ensure fairer system for all – a crisis worse than pensions State Pension triple lock could move to a double lock, increasing by prices or earnings Double lock should apply to Pension Credit so poorest pensioners are protected properly Improve pension outcomes for women – private pensions, State Pensions and WASPI Reform pensions tax relief to give everyone a 33% Government…

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    Budget Comments

    Budget Comments

    8 March 2017 Another missed opportunity to start addressing social care No new incentives for social care savings and radical reform proposals pushed into Green Paper later this year No proper help for savers – new NS&I bond pays interest rate lower than inflation, so savers lose money Costs of public sector pensions will rise sharply, by nearly 40% between 2015 and 2020 Self employed bearing brunt of tax rises to pay for other measures Addressing Social care crisis: Extra…

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    Budget measures for social care

    Budget measures for social care

    7 March 2017 Chancellor has chance to address one of biggest social issues of our time Britain has been sleepwalking into a social care crisis – time to wake up!  Elderly people who need care face wealth tax and stealth tax while others pay nothing More favourable fiscal position offers opportunity to radically reform unfair care system Integration and incentives long overdue – consider Care ISAs, employer care saving plans, auto-enrolment, eldercare vouchers, National Insurance   Dramatic unfairness in social…

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    Help people use pensions and savings to fund social care

    Help people use pensions and savings to fund social care

    8 February 2017 Care crisis is worse than pensions crisis – but pensions and savings could help fund social care Many baby boomers have pensions and ISAs but no incentive to retain money for care Chancellor’s Budget could consider tax-free pension withdrawals and IHT-free ISAs for care savings Such incentives would let people know they need to prepare for care costs   Have to get real about the scale of care challenge – need combination of public funding, national insurance,…

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    Is Government going to introduce saving incentives for social care?

    Is Government going to introduce saving incentives for social care?

    14 December 2016 Jeremy Hunt is right we need for private savings to help fund care crisis There’s no one solution but private savings must be part of the mix Care costs much higher for older women than older men Government can introduce tax incentives to help families save for care costs Care ISAs, Workplace Saving Plans, Eldercare vouchers, Family Care Saving Plans free of Inheritance Tax Consider using auto-enrolment and free Guidance to kick-start care savings as part of…

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    Political courage needed for social care solutions

    Political courage needed for social care solutions

    12 December 2016 Action to address care crisis cannot wait any longer – need a 21st Century revolution Britain’s welfare state has never included social care – time for a rethink Social Care system dates back to poor laws principles from the 1800s Ultimately, National Insurance or tax will need to cover care funding All parts of the system are failing and Government has not yet offered solutions Private and employer provision can also help – such as Care ISAs,…

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    Autumn Statement has a bit of good news for savers

    Autumn Statement has a bit of good news for savers

    23 November 2016 Autumn Statement is missed opportunity to address social care crisis State Pension triple lock seems under threat Chancellor confirms intention to ban pension cold calling The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement had no real surprises for pensions or savers.  There are some tweaks to pension rules, but the biggest disappointment for me is that there is no acknowledgement of the social care crisis.  The Chancellor started by saying the aim of his budget is to prepare and support the…

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    Hammond could be first Chancellor to help families with social care saving incentives

    Hammond could be first Chancellor to help families with social care saving incentives

    20 November 2016 Hope Chancellor’s Autumn Statement will address one of biggest social issues of our time Philip Hammond needs to introduce incentives to help people prepare for care Massive failure of political courage by previous Chancellors and a betrayal of British families Britain has been sleepwalking into a social care crisis – it’s time to wake up! Billions set aside for pensions – but virtually nothing to help fund later life care Let’s have Care ISAs, employer care saving…

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    Cridland State Pension age independent review: interim report.

    Cridland State Pension age independent review: interim report.

    13 October, 2016 Here are my thoughts and comments on the Cridland State Pension age independent review: interim report. As Cridland considers the options, Government has a chance to make State Pension policy fairer Consider extending number of years for full pension, rather just than raising state pension age Current system gives higher state pension to people healthy or wealthy enough to wait and work longer, but often disadvantages those with longest working lives or poor health Continually increasing State…

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