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About henry tapper

Founder of the Pension PlayPen,, partner of Stella, father of Olly . I am the Pension Plowman

The Care Home tragedy continues

We are at a loss to know why @DHSCgovuk is incapable of making swift decisions at a time of crisis. As the country unlocks, care providers are in the dark as to what is permissible in terms of visitors to … Continue reading

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An advert you wouldn’t see in Britain!

Most UK pension people  will look at this advert (on Linked in) with bemusement, some may think it a scam, but I know the people behind this initiative and that, in Australia, they are in earnest for good. This article … Continue reading

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Is COVID-19 Seasonal?

Summary Common coronaviruses, like influenza viruses, are highly seasonal diseases, with cases peaking in winter months. As we move out of lockdown and through the summer months in the Northern hemisphere, an obvious question is whether COVID-19 exhibits seasonality, as … Continue reading

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Value for Money may just have had its eureka moment.

The story so far… 2014 – the OFT conclude that we are rubbish at buying pensions 2015 – FCA requires big insurers providing workplace pensions to set up IGCs (and most of the rest GAAs) 2016- IGCs start producing statements … Continue reading

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Bench marking will challenge IGCs and raise their game!

This blog is a follow up to my piece which asks whether the FCA has let the IGCs off with impunity. The FCA has chosen not to publicly humiliate failing IGCs but to give them clear guidance for  the future. … Continue reading

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Have IGC’s let savers down with impunity?

When it all began Back in 2015 , when the IGC chairs first met, I wrote a blog critical of IGC Chairs and their advisers who seemed to be publicly questioning the purpose behind Independent Governance Committees. You can read … Continue reading

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AgeWage and Pension Bee call for Dashboards to tell us what we’re paying for our pensions.

Yesterday the Money and Pensions Service  opened a consultation on Pensions Dashboards’ data standards, seeking industry-wide input on the definition and scope of the information dashboards will  display. The call for input seeks views on:       the personal data items … Continue reading

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A dashboard for lawyers or laymen?

  “We are all individuals” is one of those phrases when spoken by everyone at once that is innately funny! Though we are many , we are one body. I was reminded of the paradox by one of my nurses … Continue reading

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The G in ESG is vital to pensions and our pensions governance vital to ESG

  Sarah Wilson, chief executive of Minerva, the shareholder adviser, said: “At a time when innovation and [research and development] is so important it would seem that financial engineering is taking a higher priority.” – Financial Times  Employers looking for … Continue reading

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A clap (not a slap) for the NHS

  At 5pm yesterday I was clapping the NHS in hospital , shortly having received keyhole surgery. I have had good grounds for thanking the NHS over the past twelve months. As I  lay in bed last night I could … Continue reading

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