Tag Archives: Debate

Balance sheet relief leads to later life grief?

It’s a shame for my loyal readers (Con Keating especially) that some of the most interesting comments on my blog are made on twitter and linked in. In yesterday’s blog I suggested that our former pensions minister, Steve Webb, was … Continue reading

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“Britain’s great pension crisis” – beware or despair?

Going out after the watershed, Channel 5’s two part exploration of how fit we are to retire, sits awkwardly between the Yorkshire Vet and Chris Tarrant’s Extreme Railways, not the kind of TV you’d watch unless you’re into Michael Buerk … Continue reading

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Great Pension Debate 4 – Port Talbot revisited

Al Rush is organising the fourth episode of the Great Pensions Debate. Here – in Al’s inimitable style, is what this is all about. You can sign up for the Great Pension Debate 4 by following this link, all you … Continue reading

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#WASPI and “the woman’s place”

Today is WASPI day,when the women petitioning parliament (now well over 130,000) get their voices heard. I was asked last night whether or not the petition misleads (thanks Cathe) and yes I think WASPI is weakened by confusion within its … Continue reading

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A right to debate or a right to restitution? #WASPI

For many of us, men retire at 65 and women at 60, that was hard coded into our learning like the multiplication tables and it’s clearly quite hard to unlearn. Steve Bee makes a good point on twitter "When is … Continue reading

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Can the Government tough it out with #WASPI?

The Government were defeated on a back benchers debate 158 votes to 0. The vote was over the introduction of changes to the state pension age for women, resulting from legislation introduced in 2011. The Government’s response appears to be … Continue reading

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Aren’t we our century’s spoiled brats?

Another year,another sensational headline from your “pension puncturing” Daily Express. It’s not a new story, its facts are from the Pension Institute study published last year. So long as interest rates remain low, pension liabilities will be inflated and pension … Continue reading

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How pensions restrain public sector pay and services.

The latest discussions about how we will manage the nation’s finances are focussing on public sector pay.Nick Clegg tells us that his party will make sure   wages would rise in real terms for two years from 2016, and then … Continue reading

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An escape plan for pensioners or pension schemes?

Collectively we are short on immortality Continue reading

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Is auto-enrolment working? – November Play Pen lunch

On the day that Steve Webb declared victory (tentatively) for auto-enrolment, the Play Pen sat down for a pint and a pie in the Counting House and after a long and rigorous debate concluded that he might be right. The vote among … Continue reading

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