Category Archives: DWP

MAPS frustrate

  It’s been a frustrating year for the Money and Pensions Service – MAPS and for businesses that hoped to work with it. When John Govett was revealed as its new CEO this time last year, I wrote confidently of … Continue reading

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DWP – should the top topple when the spinning stops?

I can’t remember another occasion when a Government department was stopped from lying to the people it serves by a Government agency. But that is what happened yesterday. The fact is that the Advertising Standards Agency has banned four of the … Continue reading

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Get to gnome your pension.

I’m very pleased that my friends at the DWP have asked me to promote their new social media campaign designed for us to get to know our pensions. These clever people have sent me a link that allows me to … Continue reading

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NEST, technology and personalisation

I really admire this Rowlands chap. I’ve know him for the best part of 30 years and in all that time he has never been anything but a gent. He’s now a Director at NEST and I urge you to … Continue reading

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The curfew tolls the knell of small DC

I was a bit churlish in yesterday’s blog to the DWP who – on re-reading – have produced an excellent paper outlining the advantages of incorporating social purpose into the DC funds we default to. I urge you to read … Continue reading

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The DB white paper consultation- is it a scam, a closed shop or just a cock-up?

      As one of the DWP’s “stakeholders”, I got this message in my inbox yesterday. “I wanted to make you aware that the DWP has published a consultation for A Stronger Regulator today covering elements of its White … Continue reading

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The DWP sticks to its guns on disclosure

Disclosure of costs, charges and investments in DC occupational pensions Government Response The DWP have fulfilled on their promise to provide a disclosure framework for occupational  DC pension schemes. From April 2019, anyone in a DC workplace pension will be … Continue reading

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Bring back Ros! (with a twist)

Convictions before careers “Social mobility matters to me and our country more than a ministerial career. I’ll continue to work outside of government to do everything I can to create a country for the first time that has equality of … Continue reading

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A method for the madness. Is the DWP Select Committee – pension’s best hope?

The diverse agenda of the DWP Select Committee might be considered madness. I am not going to write that their is method in this madness as it’s clear to me that we cannot properly consider freedoms, without looking at CDC for … Continue reading

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A time of trust – not guarantees.

About the time that I was ranting to TISA about the complacency with which we are dismantling the retirement promises made to those who were promised a DB pension based on the years they worked with the company;- this happened! … Continue reading

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