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“They’ve got Charles Counsell – he’s one of their own”


  As a kid I always preferred home-grown, beat the expensive imported stuff.  So it seems does the Pensions Regulator – who’ve eschewed the great and the good and gone for one of their own. Those of us who have … Continue reading

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Re-deploying our pension winners!


Webb for Regulator? This rumour has sparked a twitter storm among those who think Steve Webb is conflicted in potentially exercising the powers of the Pensions Regulator on policies he initiated as pensions minister. Exclusive: Sir Steve Webb, the former … Continue reading

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The wheels of the law turn (too) slowly


@henryhtapper @NJM71 @mk14steve @RedCircleFP @RAF_IFA Back in Jan ’18, 4 pension scammers were ordered to pay back millions they stole from hundreds of victims. And now 9 months later these crooks have been banned from acting as trustees. NINE MONTHS! … Continue reading

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“Making workplace pensions work” – the Pension Regulator’s new approach


I’ve been on the Pensions Regulator’s stakeholder panel a couple of years and this gets me a ticket to their Annual Conference. I haven’t bought the new vision in previous years, but yesterday’s event, held in County Hall, pushed the … Continue reading

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I was ashamed of my pension colleagues


Yesterday, as a guest of CWU’s Deputy General Secretary , Terry Pullinger, I spent a morning at the Westminster City Forum’s conference on Next Steps for UK Pension Funds. The Conference dealt with the regulation of DB pensions, consolidation and the future … Continue reading

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The silent majority aren’t drawing down anything!


The proportion of full cash withdrawals and annuity plans sold with advice in the second half of 2017/18 fell to its lowest rate since the second half of 2015/16. This means that an increasing proportion of pots accessed through an … Continue reading

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CDC has cross-party support, it also needs cross-departmental support.


I was at a CDC Forum yesterday with people from the DWP and various pension experts, I can’t say who or what they said but suffice it to say that this was “large employer stuff”. Necessarily this is where the … Continue reading

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“Are people that dumb?” Compulsion and dashboards.


The FT are running a story about the “pensions industry” regrouping around Plan B and doing their own dashboard. There is indeed a conference in September about this and I’d urge you to go (I hope to contribute). There is … Continue reading

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Can a DC plan be “in deficit”?


Yesterday, I fired off a message to the Pensions Regulator to put a stop on Whitbread’s sale of Costa to Coke, till restitution is made of the money owing to the low earners auto-enrolled into its net pay workplace pension. I won’t … Continue reading

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Should we be empowering consumers or regulating providers?


  Well we’re on to question three – all the proposed eight blogs  will be sent to WPC as our evidence – when I mean “our”- I mean mine – and the thoughts of anyone who cares to comment. So here’s this morning’s exam … Continue reading

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