Tag Archives: ONS

Will Covid unite us and make us kinder?

This little survey by the Office of National Statistics has gone unreported. But it’s worth thinking about. United? There were two Questions: How united or divided do you think Britain was before the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak?; How united or divided … Continue reading

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C19 Actuaries weekly report – 16 May

Every week, more is written on COVID-19 than any individual could possibly read. Collectively, the COVID19 Actuaries Response Group read more about the outbreak than most, so we’ve decided each Friday to provide you with a curated list of the … Continue reading

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COVID-19 – your chances of infection

The Office of National Statistics are now publishing statistics that look at the numbers of us UK Citizens who “have Covid-19”. That of course means different things to different folks, watch the video at the end of this blog for … Continue reading

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Is the UK institutionally ageist?

This week we hear that numbers in England and Wales dying in care homes is exceeding those in hospital. In March Government told these homes the risk of death in homes was “most unlikely”. How did it come to this? … Continue reading

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The elephant in the care home

New paper looks at early evidence of care home mortality in different countries. Provisionally concludes that about half (42% to 57%) of COVID-19 deaths are taking place in care homes. As a reminder, the 11,329 deaths announced by DHSC are … Continue reading

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Boomers are farmers.

I grew up in a rural area of Dorset where the farmers were considered rich but acted poor. The farmers explained that though they might own the land, they could only extract from it the income that came from dairy … Continue reading

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The nations wealth is in pensions but not in DC pots

Private pension wealth is the largest component of household wealth, marginally bigger than total property wealth, and its value has increased by more than that of property wealth too. This reflects a slight cooling in the housing market, while the … Continue reading

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Is Britain full up?

Reading the Office of National Statistics “National Population Projection“, I’d answer that question “no”. If anything it seems we are not growing as a population as fast as we’d expected. The UK’s population is projected to increase by 3 million … Continue reading

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We are not saving enough – official.

  What this chart from the FT shows is that UK Companies and Households are spending more than they are saving. They join our Government in this. We are not like the rest of the world that saves more than … Continue reading

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Are some schemes over-paying on Transfer Values?

Royal London have requested and got the notorious letter sent earlier this year to certain schemes perceived to be vulnerable to pension transfers. It includes the following sections. There is nothing new about this guidance; Steve Webb is spot on … Continue reading

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