Tag Archives: DWP

Let the canny worm lie?


The problem with cans of worms is that the cans degrade and in the end the worms get out, and cause a stink. Over the weekend, the Telegraph that acts as a professional “worm can opener” has been turning its … Continue reading

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50 shades of “Workie”.


Are all Workplace Pensions the same? Can we distinguish one “Workie” from another? Are all Workies equal – or are some Workies more equal than another? For those not familiar with the adverts- Workie is a Technicolor creature, designed by … Continue reading

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#WASPI and “the woman’s place”


Today is WASPI day,when the women petitioning parliament (now well over 130,000) get their voices heard. I was asked last night whether or not the petition misleads (thanks Cathe) and yes I think WASPI is weakened by confusion within its … Continue reading

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#WASPI – did we fail in our duty of care?


The WASPI debate that will happen tomorrow is of some significance. Not only will parliament be debating the particular circumstances of a particular group of women, they will be deciding whether the duty of care Government has, to keep its … Continue reading

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Is Workie working? Who’s hot and who’s not in the workplace pension world.


This morning Pension PlayPen launches “Measures of support”. the result of nearly 6 months research into how intermediaries and employers see the workplace pensions they are using to enroll staff. We will be making the report generally public during the … Continue reading

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No way to run a private pension system


  How can the lifetime allowance possibly be part of  a sustainable system of pension taxation? Good news for those unprotected pension savers who have more than £1m in your pension pots- you probably won’t be paying 55% exit penalties – … Continue reading

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“A bit of a balls up- to be frank!”


If you turn left out of the back of the Treasury and walk down to Caxton Street you’ll find the offices of the DWP. If you turn right out of Caxton Street, you’ll come to the Treasury, it’s a five minute … Continue reading

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What is salary sacrifice and why’s it under threat?


If you read Jo Cumbo’s piece on possible changes to pensions tax relief in the FT yesterday, you’ll have seen references to the abolition of pension salary sacrifice. Pension Salary Sacrifice is quite legal and both the DWP and HMRC … Continue reading

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Is work – are pensions (and is life) fair?


Reading the scope of the DWP Select Committee’s new enquiry into intergenerational fairness had me grasping for my video copy of the Meaning of Life. The inquiry aims to answer the question of whether the current generation of people in … Continue reading

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All at sea! TPR’s “Trafalgar” for maritime and offshore workers.


Well done Lesley Titcombe and hurrah for our best naval victory since Trafalgar! Continue reading

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