Category Archives: Public sector pensions

Is the University Superranuation Scheme suffering fantasy deficits?


First the big picture Universities aren’t going away, nor are the people who teach in them, administrate them and provide the infrastructure that keeps them going. Many of our universities have survived wars, plagues, great fires as well as many … Continue reading

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Social Housing? Pensions? Read this!


    This is from my main man, Neal Thompson. Neal is sh*t off a shovel when it comes to this stuff. Much the most knowledgeable fellow I’ve ever met on social housing and pensions. Devonshires are one of those … Continue reading

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Snap elections – people – and policy! #GE17


Snapping people The cost of a snap general election will be highest for the politicians, their advisers  and their families who lose their livelihoods on June 8th. It is tough on MPs, especially those who joined since the 5 year term … Continue reading

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TEE(n) – Why would Osborne do anything else?


  I was re-reading Steve Webb’s article in the Daily Telegraph where he outlines why he thinks Pensions ISAs would be a disaster. The more I read it, the less I get it. Let’s go back to basics. It is … Continue reading

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Pension PlayPen’s response to the Treasury on pension tax-relief


The Treasury has asked eight great questions which go to the heart of how we incentivise pension saving. Here are our responses. We haven’t formally sent these responses to the Treasury yet, so if you have any comments, please send … Continue reading

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When the dust settles…


For the second time in two years, George Osborne has produced a budget that will radically change the way we thing about retirement saving. If 2014 was the year we re-thought the way we spent our retirement spending, 2015 asks … Continue reading

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“Hope I die before I get old..?”


  The quote’s from Pete Townsend and the Who’s “my generation”. It’s a brutal version of the Beatles’ “when I’m 64” but both songs are driven by the fear of getting old “will you still need, me, will you still … Continue reading

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Don’t get fooled by the phoney pension giveaway


The phoney give-away The most accurate measure for the success of private pensions in the UK is the replacement ratio; a measure of what percentage of people’s pre-retirement income is replaced by savings specifically for retirement. Steve Webb and the … Continue reading

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“We are as concerned as we can afford to be”


The DWP has now presented the draft bill that will enable Defined Ambition pensions to be set up, probably from this time in 2016.  While lawyers pour over the clauses, it’s worth considering the responses the Government received to the ideas … Continue reading

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It’s all kicking off….


  At first the Arab Spring amazed me as random. Now I can  make sense of what happened and see how it all tied in . I’m sure the means by which people talked and events were reported added to the sense of … Continue reading

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