Tag Archives: Tax

“Would you pay a social care premium?”


This was the question Radio Five Live’s Wake up to Money asked its audience this Monday morning. 2.5% off wages for the prospect of insurance against things going really wrong with your health in later life? The idea is being trailed … Continue reading

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“How can I have my money back” – the question pension savers dare not ask!


Here is the first page of the two page illustration suggested by Ruston Smith and Quietroom. I will say again that I am impressed that Ruston Smith and Quietroom have got consensus from a variety of regulators to get their … Continue reading

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Pension Tax Reform is the “art of the possible”.


  Everyone knows that pension tax-relief is broken and those who try to cling on to the current system do out of vested self-interest (and I include one former pensions minister in that statement). Wealth managers have come to view … Continue reading

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So what’s unfair about a Pension Wealth Tax?


In this article I argue that any tax increases levied on the rich are ok by me, and I’m rich. The bias of vested interest The vast majority of people get tax relief on their pension contributions. Some people are excluded by … Continue reading

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We need to simplify our pension affairs


We are told that pensions are complex. We are told that we need advice to manage our retirement finances. We are warned hat we could be scammed if we don’t. Is it any wonder that people look at their retirement … Continue reading

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Pensioning employee’s sleep ( with thanks to Kate Upcraft)


Not for the first time, I’m very grateful to Kate Upcraft for highlighting a pensions issue that impacts thousands of carers – but appears to be completely off the radar of most pension people. Kate is a freelance payroll consultant … Continue reading

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Some commercial considerations for CDC


So who’s going to “sell” CDC? What an odd question! I can see the friends of CDC choking over their cornflakes at my asking this question. In the gentile world of policy- it is rarely done to use the “s” word! … Continue reading

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Is auto-enrolment to become a stealth-tax on the poor?


  The DWP has released a 200 page  report into the state of the auto-enrolled nation. You can access it here. I’ve read the executive summary which is full of surprises and the report is clearly informing future strategy. The … Continue reading

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“Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war”


One of the features of a close-knit community is that people talk to each other. For Steelworkers this has been at works and  in clubs. Now the works and clubs of Port Talbot, Llanwern, Scunthorpe and Redcar  have digital counterparts in the Facebook pages … Continue reading

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Taking care of the “social” in housing.


Paying for the improvements in our social housing, to improve safety is going to be expensive. You wonder where the money will come from, or at least I did till I read a good article by Merryn Somerset-Webb in the … Continue reading

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