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Govt agrees £8m MyCSP stake sale

2 October 2014 8:54 am | By Devraj Ray

Government will today announce sale of 11 per cent stake to Equiniti, taking its stake in the organisation to 51 per cent.

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Steve Webb backs 'pension passport' reform

2 October 2014 8:48 am | By Tom Selby

Pensions minister Steve Webb has backed calls for a “pension passport” to be introduced to improve the information savers receive from providers.

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Has Osborne's 'death tax' reform dealt fatal blow to annuities?

2 October 2014 8:30 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Is the Government being irresponsible by incentivising drawdown over guaranteed income?

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FCA: We came under 'massive' political pressure over Co-op/Lloyds deal

1 October 2014 2:40 pm | By Samuel Dale

FCA director says the regulator is under political pressure “all the time” and it would “ratchet up” towards the election.

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Conservatives pledge to raise 40p income tax threshold to £50k

1 October 2014 2:00 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

A Conservative government would raise the threshold for the 40 per cent income tax rate to £50,000, up from its current level of £41,900.

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Treasury hits back over 'death tax' annuity criticism

1 October 2014 1:03 pm | By Tom Selby

Beneficiaries of people who died before the announcement on 29 September will be able to ask their scheme administrator to delay the payments.

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Treasury reveals thinking behind end of pensions 'death tax'

30 September 2014 11:24 am | By Samuel Dale

Treasury minister David Gauke explains the debates within the department over the tax cut.

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Govt extends pension ‘death tax’ reforms to value protected annuities

30 September 2014 10:27 am | By Tom Selby, Sam Brodbeck

Proposals to cut the 55 per cent “death tax” on inherited pensions will be extended to value protected annuities but not standard annuities or scheme pensions.

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Treasury cools talk of pensions tax relief reform

30 September 2014 10:13 am | By Samuel Dale

Tory Treasury minister David Gauke opens up faultline with coalition partners over pensions tax relief.

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Tory MPs call for FCA vigilance over fresh wave of pension scams

30 September 2014 8:42 am | By Samuel Dale

Conservative MPs are concerned about how con artists may evolve following pension freedoms.

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Osborne creates confusion over pension 'death tax' abolition

29 September 2014 2:53 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Chancellor says changes to death tax will take effect immediately but new rules only apply from April.

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TSC member: RDR impact comes at 'wrong time' for pension reforms

29 September 2014 11:43 am | By Samuel Dale

Conservative MP Mark Garnier tells the Tory conference that the RDR has had a bad impact.

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Tories target first-time buyers with scheme to cut house prices

29 September 2014 8:26 am | By Samuel Dale

David Cameron pledges to give a 20 per cent discount to first-time buyers if Conservatives win the general election.

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Osborne to cut 55% pensions 'death tax'

29 September 2014 8:18 am | By Samuel Dale

Chancellor will abolish tax that applied to untouched DC pension pots left by those aged 75 or over.

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Ukip wants to scrap inheritance tax

26 September 2014 3:28 pm | By Samuel Dale

Ukip economics spokesman calls for an increase in VAT to 25 per cent on luxury goods.

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Ukip pledges to slash public spending in Scotland

26 September 2014 3:12 pm | By Samuel Dale

Ukip says Scotland must take the “rough with the smooth” to remain part of the UK.

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Ukip calls for new 35p income tax band in radical reform

26 September 2014 1:24 pm | By Samuel Dale

Ukip has set out its plans for radical reforms of income tax at its annual conference in Doncaster.

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Government announces new Rent to Buy scheme

26 September 2014 11:54 am | By Devraj Ray

£400m Government initiative will offer tenants discounted rents for seven years before giving them the opportunity to purchase their new-build home.

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Lloyds sells second chunk of TSB for £161m

26 September 2014 10:48 am | By Michael Berry

The placing of 57.5m shares at 280p each was brokered through bookrunner UBS Investment Bank and will be completed on 1 October.

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Just how ready is the industry for Budget guidance?

26 September 2014 10:01 am | By Natalie Holt

What needs to be done between now and April to deliver a workable service?

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Disaster avoided? Insurers dodge huge independence costs but devolution looms

25 September 2014 8:30 am | By Pamela Morris, Sam Brodbeck

But experts say extra complexity could be a boon for advisers.

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Miliband plans tax rises to pay for NHS spending

24 September 2014 9:35 am | By Samuel Dale

Labour leader Ed MIliband will raise tax revenue from tobacco firms, hedge funds and expensive homes.

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Labour sets out concerns over Budget pension reforms

23 September 2014 11:26 am | By Samuel Dale

Labour has come under pressure from internal critics of the Government’s pension reforms.

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MAS chief raises concerns over adviser ethics

23 September 2014 10:14 am | By Samuel Dale

MAS chief executive Caroline Rookes says the FCA will be tougher on those delivering pensions advice.

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BBA urges Bank to exclude HNW clients from LTI cap

22 September 2014 4:12 pm | By Devraj Ray

Bankers trade body says LTI cap will unfairly penalise private banks and high net worth clients.

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Fabian Society urges Labour to reverse Budget reforms

22 September 2014 3:49 pm | By Sam Brodbeck

Fabian Society says the pension revolution “must be dismantled within weeks of Labour gaining power”.

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Should pensions guidance be made compulsory?

22 September 2014 3:44 pm | By Samuel Dale

Pension experts suggest pensions guidance may not go far enough in its current form.

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Will MAS change its name to deliver pensions guidance?

22 September 2014 3:38 pm | By Samuel Dale

Pensions expert Laurie Edmans says the term advice has been given a very narrow meaning.

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Labour would keep cutting child benefit until 2017

22 September 2014 12:35 pm | By Samuel Dale

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls says he is making tough decisions to “balance the books”.

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IMA says FCA must distinguish between advice and guidance

22 September 2014 11:56 am | By Pamela Morris

Government proposals to set up a pension guidance service for savers on retirement must set a clear boundary between what is regulated advice and guidance.

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Lloyds director says 30% of new builds reliant on Help to Buy

22 September 2014 11:28 am | By Samuel Dale

Lloyds Banking Group says 6 per cent of its lending is reliant on the Help to Buy equity loan scheme.

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Labour plays down Govt role to boost protection

22 September 2014 9:09 am | By Samuel Dale

Shadow financial secretary Cathy Jamieson says Government should not intervene.

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Scots to get extra powers despite 'English votes' row

22 September 2014 8:48 am | By Sam Brodbeck

Prime Minister David Cameron is hosting a summit to tackle Scottish MPs’ voting rights on English issues.

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Labour makes £8 mininum wage pledge

22 September 2014 8:44 am | By Samuel Dale

Labour leader Ed Miliband opened his party’s conference in Manchester with a promise to increase the minimum wage from £6.31.

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Alex Salmond resigns as Scottish first minister

19 September 2014 4:18 pm | By Samuel Dale

Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has stepped down after the referendum defeat this morning.

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UK commissioner could signal new era of less burdensome EU rules

19 September 2014 1:00 pm | By Tessa Norman

Trade bodies welcome appointment of Lord Hill as financial services commissioner.

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Devo-max: How will David Cameron's shake-up affect advisers?

19 September 2014 12:44 pm | By Samuel Dale

Prime minister David Cameron has promised devolved powers for all four nations of the UK.

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SFE: More tax powers can boost competition of Scottish financial firms

19 September 2014 10:59 am | By Pamela Morris in Edinburgh

Scottish Financial Enterprise chief executive Owen Kelly said more devolved powers around tax could make Scotland a “very competitive” part of the UK.

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Estate agents: 'No vote will boost Scottish housing market'

19 September 2014 10:51 am | By Devraj Ray

Estate agents’ trade body says No vote will give greater clarity for Scottish buyers and lead to a ’less frenetic’ housing market.

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Scottish groups push FTSE up as independence fears subside

19 September 2014 9:13 am | By Sam Macdonald

Royal Bank of Scotland up 3.5 per cent and Lloyds Banking Group share price rise 2 per cent at 9:05AM.

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