Tag Archives: public sector

E-Christmas Cards – a very rum idea if you ask me.


What do you do with e-christmas cards? They bother me. “E-Christmas card” is a misnoma, most of these e-thingies seem the product of the thought police who de-risk corporate communications. “Merry” is of course out – a whiff of intoxication … Continue reading

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“Educated beyond their intelligence”


Denis Skinner’s recent gibe at Tory Ministers ,and George Osborne in particular, is brilliant (even if the phrase was coined by another). For me- it will be a defining epithet for the coalition- it sums up the best and worst … Continue reading

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Pension PlayPen needs your digits.


  Digital marketing is something we’re having to learn as we go along. We’ve got to find 1,000,000 employers who don’t have a workplace pension and convince them of the importance of paying some attention to what their staff invest … Continue reading

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More trust, fewer Trusts please!


Take a look at this table (reproduced with the express permission of the Pension Regulator). It tells us that we have too many private sector trust based DC schemes (it also tells that we don’t know the difference between a GPP and DC … Continue reading

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A capacity crunch?


The prospect of debating whether we get a capacity crunch in Auto-enrolment drew a capacity-crunching crowd to Wragge & Co.’s offices yesterday afternoon. Under the convenance of heroically quiffed Andy Agethangelou, some 50 of us attended a symposium on the current state … Continue reading

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There’s nothing stopping SMEs purchasing good pensions


This article plugs the needs for good pension purchasing and argues that both in terms of quality (governance) and quantity (supply) , employers have never had it so good. There is a lot of talk at the moment about DC … Continue reading

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“Let them eat cack” – why does Government still think individual annuities can work?


Steve Webb has been at it again, suggesting that the annuity crisis could be solved if we had a one year cooling off period after we’d bought an annuity in which we could take it back (with a receipt) and exchange it … Continue reading

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Employers can help staff with their money – if only we’d let them


It’s time companies got their mojo back and got real with staff. Www.pensionplaypen.com helps to do just that. Continue reading

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The value of the triple-lock,


No doubt there will be many commentators who will sneer at this promise of Cameron’s. I will not be one of them. Continue reading

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Do employers have a duty of care to their staff when they retire?


If you take the Daily Express, you will have been reading a series of front page headlines about “rip-off pensions”. Here’s this Thursday’s edition http://www.express.co.uk/news/retirement/423869/Millions-hit-by-scandal-of-pensions-rip-off . The argument is based on some recently released figures “A 65-year-old with average pension … Continue reading

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