Tag Archives: DWP

Double vision – a startling new blog from Ralph Frank


The latest Command Paper, ‘Better workplace pensions: Putting savers’ interests first’, has recently been published.  This Command Paper follows prior consultations by the Department for Work and Pensions (“DWP”) on charges, transparency and quality standards in workplace defined contribution pension … Continue reading

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It’s not just pension taxation that’s changing- products are!


Pension PlayPen’s Submission to the Parliamentary Committee reading the Pension Schemes Bill Continue reading

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Is the Chancellor the IFA’s “New Best Friend?”


    Another week, another change to the UK retirement savings environment – or at least, that’s how it feels! The latest changes to the tax regime tabled this week under the title ‘Pension Flexibility 2015’ were first published in … Continue reading

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Citizen’s Advice- the place to get pension guidance


George Osborne has announced the Citizen Advice Bureau as the delivery mechanism for face to face guidance over the new pension reforms. The Treasury announcement is here. This doesn’t come as a surprise – CAB had been after the work and … Continue reading

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To the Pitch Final we shall go – @PensionPlayPen – #thePitch14!


Thursday October 23rd is another red letter day for Pension PlayPen. By day we are Pitching to be Britain’s #1 start up in 2014, by night we are up for a brace of awards at the Grange Hotel competing to … Continue reading

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In defence of genius.


Genius is not just misunderstood – it is persecuted. Those who didn’t get Copernicus, Galileo, Wordsworth or Darwin did not ignore these genius’, they set out to do them in. Bob Dylan when he laid out his Highway 61 album … Continue reading

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Don’t get fooled by the phoney pension giveaway


The phoney give-away The most accurate measure for the success of private pensions in the UK is the replacement ratio; a measure of what percentage of people’s pre-retirement income is replaced by savings specifically for retirement. Steve Webb and the … Continue reading

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“My pension offer” – explaining CDC to a confused public!


John Ralfe has been expressing his frustration that none of the CDC champions have made him a two page offer to tell him what a CDC pension offer might look like. I’ve not done this yet, partly because I’ve been … Continue reading

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The value of regular savings


  60 years ago, a revolution happened in the savings industry- it was the “standing order”. The standing order became the “variable direct debit” and people were able to establish regular savings plans which worked like magic, taking money from … Continue reading

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