Tag Archives: Treasury

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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The FCA report on the use of Pension Freedoms – sad but not shocking.


The data that the FCA supplied last week about the choices people are taking with their retirement savings isn’t surprising – but it’s still shocking! Nearly nine in ten savers accessing their retirement pots under the pension freedoms are using … Continue reading

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Austerity, WASPI and the middle way.


This morning George Osbourne has taken the opportunity to remind us that any enthusiasm we might have generated from his upbeat autumn statement should be tempered by the prospect of austerity to come. Osborne points to China , to political … Continue reading

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Why now’s the time to get behind our Pensions Minister


  Good pension ministers, like good football managers are hard to find and harder to keep. They are hard to find as it is a job few that are up to it would want. They are hard to keep because … Continue reading

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Why I’m excited about second hand annuities.


Transparency is the great disinfectant, but disinfectant- when applied to an open wound- can be painful. It is however the only way we can recover. Continue reading

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Auto-enrolment limits – what the DWP aren’t saying!


The DWP’s paper on the Earnings Trigger and Qualifying Earnings Bands(QEB) for auto-enrolment next year is very well written and gives an insight into just how much thought is going into managing the conflicting needs of employers, workers, administrators and…HMRC. … Continue reading

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“10 years too early, 10 years too late” – CDC stands on on an empty platform


Nearly eight years ago, the Government Actuary ‘s Department produced  a paper that effectively killed CDC. It argued that CDC could not be relied upon to deliver benefits with the same certainty as our DB system and that there was no … Continue reading

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How the autumn statement will effect pensions and pensioners


There were no big pension surprises in this autumn statement but the Chancellor managed to squeeze some savings from auto-enrolled workers and pensioners. All eyes now turn to the 2016 Budget where the Chancellor is expected to make an announcement … Continue reading

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