Tag Archives: Steve Webb

Please don’t die-I was enjoying your annuity!


News that Government has finally put the Secondary Annuity Market down is no surprise. It was one of Steve Webb’s worst ideas and has proved about as popular as Osborne. Economically, the creation of a market in annuities is a … Continue reading

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Should we block the triple lock?


  Ros Altmann speaks out (shock!) We now have three former  pension ministers making a lot more noise than our current pension minister. Ros Altmann who we are now realising never should have done the jog Steve Webb who should … Continue reading

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The Coalition worked- this doesn’t!


A tale of two Governments In 2010, after a shock result, Britain found itself Governed by a ConLib coalition. No one gave it much chance of working but it di, The Clegg/Cameron coalition brought considerable benefit to the country and … Continue reading

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Transparency and its task force


If the concept of a Transparency task force conjures up a vision of covert operations and the Night Manager, you wouldn’t be far off the mark. At times during yesterday’s day-long meeting I sensed the competing forces of the Global … 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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Royal London’s IGC kicks off reporting


Royal London’s IGC yesterday became the first to report on its activities in the past 12 months. The report is 9 pages long , is readable and contains some substantive improvements which the IGC has negotiated with Royal London to … Continue reading

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The Oxleas pension scandal


The offer made by the Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust is a scandal. There is no other word for it. Staff are being misinformed about pensions and being offered “sexy-cash” to help Oxleas balance its books. Our nurses are worth more … Continue reading

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Is work – are pensions (and is life) fair?


Reading the scope of the DWP Select Committee’s new enquiry into intergenerational fairness had me grasping for my video copy of the Meaning of Life. The inquiry aims to answer the question of whether the current generation of people in … Continue reading

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“Confusion rife!” and not just over the new state pension.


The DWP Select Committee has published its report “Understanding the New State Pension” this morning. The accompanying Press release calls for clear statements of entitlement while stopping short of calling for changes to those entitlements. The Work and Pensions Committee’s … 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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