Tag Archives: Steve Webb

Steve Webb and the triple lock – muddy waters!


  Here’s that Royal London press release, calling for State Pensions to be reduced and contributions to private pensions to increase. Royal London has set out a three point plan for the key pension priorities of an incoming government, including … Continue reading

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Snap elections – people – and policy! #GE17


Snapping people The cost of a snap general election will be highest for the politicians, their advisers  and their families who lose their livelihoods on June 8th. It is tough on MPs, especially those who joined since the 5 year term … Continue reading

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Get thee to Yate!


  1.1 And there dwelt in South Gloucestershire, near the towns of Thornbury and Yate a man named Steve; 1.2 and Steve was godly and loved of all who knew him for he had done great deeds in Westminster – … Continue reading

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Giving the self-employed their “pensions due”.


The budget announcement of a phased 2% increase in Class 4 National Insurance Contributions (NIC)s was generally considered bad politics but could it be good policy? In pension circles, any changes to NICs are regarded as interesting. They fund the … Continue reading

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Time to dig this Government out of its hole?


Tax, national insurance and pensions policy should be put in a vault marked “toxic” and should be handled with extreme caution. This morning I have three toxic issues to prove my point. The fiasco of announcing an increase in national insurance … Continue reading

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Was DC the only choice for the Tata Steelworkers?


      Speaking on the radio yesterday, John Ralfe called the decision of Tata Staff to accept the loss of future accrual into a final salary scheme in exchange for a 10% contribution into a DC pension fund as … Continue reading

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Looks like a bolshy new year!


Welcome to 2017 , I’m in a bad mood! I have been struck down with tummy problems and did not join in last night’s festivities. I open my inbox this morning  –  this is what I find! The time for seasonal … Continue reading

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Why pensions should become a big government obsession in 2o17!


  In my article yesterday, I suggested we don’t need to change pension regulations, we need to stop looking at pensions as a threat but as a benefit. This applies to auto-enrolment too- where employers are not engaging with pensions, … Continue reading

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Pensions and the Media


We like to think that the media works well with the pension industry, but it’s a relationship based on our money, not on mutual respect. In this article I look at how the media really view pensions, concluding we have … Continue reading

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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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