Category Archives: Ros Altmann

Heard of th’internet? Here’s Blockchain!


  You remember what it was like in the early nineties when we started learning how to use a mouse and send emails? Do you remember searching on Yahoo? Do you remember being told that one day we would buy … Continue reading

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Why Philip Green’s “rights” are so wrong!


Philip Green (rights and wrongs) If you want an insight into the world of Philip Green, try this article which is free (despite the Sunday Times’ paywall). Even with PPF compensation, the 20,000 BHS pension scheme members will lose out, receiving … Continue reading

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Ros Altmann’s got her mojo working!


This article is best read to the sound of Muddy Waters 1966 version of “I got my mojo working”, if you aren’t in the quiet carriage, click on the video at the bottom and enjoy your next three minutes. Many … Continue reading

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NEST takes the strain.


NEST have something to shout about and it’s not news. Like good background music, they’ve succeeded in being there but not getting noticed. They’ve gone about their business over the last three months increasing their participating employers from 40 to … Continue reading

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The circular firing squad


As civil servants in the DWP enter their building in Westminster this morning , they’ll be walking into an atmosphere that makes the Thick of It look like Play School. A new Secretary of State, Stephen Crabb is in place. … 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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How Pensions are getting fairer.


I was speaking with a Scottish friend , an academic and one of the few  politicians I know who was brought up without a lot of money in the family. I had to phrase that carefully, for when  I first wrote … Continue reading

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Simplifying AE – why the workforce assessment IS worth it


The Government is calling for ideas to simplify auto-enrolment.  I had an interesting discussion with a senior payroll policy lobbyist yesterday. She argues that the “workforce assessment” is too problematic to become part of the normal payroll function of Britain’s … Continue reading

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A tax on pensions, no one saw coming.


The single state pension , coming to a pensioner near you , from April 2016 is supposed to be simple. It will operate under the same rules for everyone. But that doesn’t mean that everyone will get the same pension (as … Continue reading

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Does Lady Altmann get our vote?


The Guardian is reporting the Conservatives intention to elevate Ros Altmann to the House of Lords and make her minister for consumer affairs. She will not of course get our vote as she will be unelected- but she has flagrantly … Continue reading

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