• PENSIONSANDSAVINGS.COM

    From Ros Altmann:economist and pensions,
    investment and retirement policy expert

  • pensionsandsavings.com

    Recent research from Irwin Mitchell and CEBR provides new insight into Elderly Care Crisis

    Recent research from Irwin Mitchell and CEBR provides new insight into Elderly Care Crisis

    Recent research from Irwin Mitchell and CEBR provides new insight into Elderly Care Crisis. Chancellor needs to announce measures in the Budget to encourage savings and Care ISAs. Urgent action to plan ahead can’t come soon enough. The aging population requires extra resources for care, yet no money is yet set aside for future needs. We’ve been talking about the care crisis for years, but despite reviews, Royal Commissions and even legislation, no meaningful reform has been introduced, as the…

    Read More Read More

    ABI release on pension freedoms – customers need independent guidance or advice, not a provider’s helpline

    ABI release on pension freedoms – customers need independent guidance or advice, not a provider’s helpline

    ABI report confirms that the pensions industry needs to do more to ensure customers are properly informed and protected.   Pension provider helplines are no substitute for impartial, independent guidance and advice.   Pension Schemes Bill offers an opportunity for Government to introduce requirements for better customer protection against premature or fraudulent transfers.   First line of defence would see providers ask relevant questions to help identify scams. Second line of defence would be ensuring people have impartial guidance or…

    Read More Read More

    Pensions tax relief changes – legacy of Gordon Brown’s pension raid should be a warning to the new Chancellor

    Pensions tax relief changes – legacy of Gordon Brown’s pension raid should be a warning to the new Chancellor

    Removing higher rate tax relief from pensions is a lose-lose proposition which helps nobody and hurts millions.  Reforming pension incentives is enormously complicated and Treasury should beware of unintended consequences. Recent changes to Pension Allowances designed to reduce pension tax relief for higher earners  fuelled an NHS crisis, showing the dangers of chasing political headlines and short-term cost saving. Government should not be undermining saving incentives when debt is already at record levels.  Any reform of tax relief should improve…

    Read More Read More

    Making the State Pension more flexible should focus on State Pension Age

    Making the State Pension more flexible should focus on State Pension Age

    State Pension flexibility could be welcome, but for State Pension Age, not amount of pension. Just allowing people to take part of their State Pension, while still requiring them to wait to an ever-rising State Pension age, will not remedy the injustices in the current system. We already have the lowest state pension in the developed world and receiving only part of it will just add complexity, but will not help those in failing health or caring for others. Current…

    Read More Read More

    Social Care crisis – shocking figures reveal discrimination against privately-run care homes

    Social Care crisis – shocking figures reveal discrimination against privately-run care homes

    Shocking figures suggest councils are discriminating against privately-run or charity care homes, which is worsening the care crisis. Local authorities pay up to 60% more for same care in council-run homes while refusing to cover the costs of elderly residents in private or charity-run care homes. Figures show local authorities paying only around £450 a week to independent homes, but over £700 a week for the same care in local council-run care homes. CQC seems to be failing in its…

    Read More Read More

    Bank of England must not cut rates this week

    Bank of England must not cut rates this week

    Latest forward-looking indicators are positive so using pre-election economic weakness to justify rate reductions makes no sense . Who will benefit from lower interest rates anyway? Mortgages may be cheaper but house prices and rents may rise, and banks have not passed on rate reductions to consumers. Higher credit card and overdraft rates and more consumers using buy now pay later schemes are weakening household finances. Apparently there is talk of the Bank of England deciding to reduce interest rates…

    Read More Read More

    State Pension after Brexit and frozen pensioners

    State Pension after Brexit and frozen pensioners

    Good news for British expats in Europe as Withdrawal Agreement guarantees their State Pensions will not be frozen. Government should now reassure these pensioners that, whatever happens after 2020, they have lifelong state pension uprating.   However this is only for expats already in Europe by year-end. Government must warn people of the risk that future retirees who move to Spain, France or other European countries after 2020 may have their pension frozen. This note deals with the question of…

    Read More Read More

    NHS pension crisis won’t be solved by tinkering with the taper rules

    NHS pension crisis won’t be solved by tinkering with the taper rules

    NHS pension crisis won’t be resolved by raising Tapered Annual Allowance threshold.  Senior staff need certainty that their pension ‘benefits’ do not become a costly penalty for extra work. Government must abolish unworkable taper rules, not just tweak them. I have suggested my own 10-point action plan for addressing the crisis.   It is of course reasonable for the Government to look to control the costs of tax incentives: The TAA was originally announced as reducing the £40,000 annual contributions…

    Read More Read More

    Let’s celebrate the PPF’s success

    Let’s celebrate the PPF’s success

    Let’s celebrate the Pension Protection Fund as Carillion becomes its 1000th pension scheme.    PPF has been a real success story, with around a quarter of a million members having their pensions underwritten after their employer schemes failed.    Before PPF existed, members could lose their entire life savings and their pension. I am delighted to see the ongoing success of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF). Carillion has just become the 1000th scheme to enter the pensions lifeboat and its…

    Read More Read More

    Govt commitment to reform NHS pensions may pave the way for radical pension tax relief reform too

    Govt commitment to reform NHS pensions may pave the way for radical pension tax relief reform too

    Could Government commitment to sort out NHS pensions herald radical pension reform?  NHS problems are canary in the coalmine showing need to urgently change pensions tax rules.  Tapered Annual Allowance and Lifetime Allowance should be changed or abolished.  Reforming the £50billion annual cost of pensions tax reliefs (which gives top earners most help) could raise much-needed revenue AND improve pension outcomes. Reforms that could introduce new one-nation pension incentives and also save money include: Give everyone the same top-up to…

    Read More Read More

    Page 2 of 28
    1 2 3 4 28