Tag Archives: Employment

The new politics of pensions

  What has leaving the European Union some time in 2019 have to do with four new Ministers at the DWP and as many at the Treasury?   We currently have no shadow pension minister, Angela Rayner who became shadow … Continue reading

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Wake up to the PPF!

  It was good to oversleep and wake up not to the lark (metaphorical here in EC4), but to Alan Rubenstein purring about his Pension Protection Fund. Pension Protection Fund figures published yesterday show the lifeboat scheme has £4.1bn surplus and … Continue reading

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May be!

  Well it was nothing if not “brutal”, though I expect that will be spun to “pragmatic”. The conservative party abandoned any further flirtations with democracy, closed ranks and appointed Teresa May as leader and – from tomorrow- Prime Minister. … Continue reading

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Occupational means occupational – (what we can learn from scams)

Scammers beware, we are aware! July is scams awareness month and the Citizens Advice Bureau is leading the charge. The Pensions Regulator is not far behind with its promotional campaign. The scorpion is never far away. It’s very much up … Continue reading

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#PBUK ; pensions and the public

  I’d walked through parliament square to get the Pension and Benefits show and thought how a few hours before Jeremy Corbyn had delighted the die-hards where I trod. I’d seen him defiant on my way back from work and … Continue reading

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All change – UK votes to leave

I write at 6 am, at exactly the point when “vote leave won”. There will be many blogs written trying to make sense of the vote, this will not be one of them. I voted remain and at mid-day yesterday, … Continue reading

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The still small voice of the (BHS) pensioner

  I think back now to the people with whom I worked in BHS – by and large decent and hard-working folk, who had little prospect of ever being well-off unless they won the lottery or their Premium Bond came … Continue reading

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Don’t tell me “this feels momentous”

Does this feel momentous to you? If we remain in the EU, as the bookies tell us we will, we will be  where we were before this sad sorry saga began, with diminished credibility. If we leave, we will be … Continue reading

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Please vote – out of respect.

If you read no other article this weekend, read this by the Fleet Street Fox. It says what I was trying to say in an amateurish way yesterday, it talks of Jo Cox’s death as a wake-up call to those of … Continue reading

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Linked in – the predator’s playground

I suspect that your view of the $26bn (£18bn) cash valuation of Linkedin by Microsoft, will depend on whether your a linked in predator or linked in  prey. Linkedin is the Serengeti of the social media world, a (cyber) space … Continue reading

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