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60 per cent of people want Govt To bring in free LTC

Research by national IFA RJ Temple shows nearly 60 per cent of people

believe free long-term healthcare should be a top priority for the


The survey of 700 people carried out straight after the general election

on June 7 asked which strategic objectives Chancellor Gordon Brown should

focus on.

Free LTC was the top answer, supported by 54 per cent of men and 66 per

cent of women.

Removing tuition fees for students was the second most popular answer,

with 40 per cent saying this was a key priority. This was the top response

for 54 per cent of 15-24-year-olds and 51 per cent of 35-44-year-olds.

Raising taxes to improve services such as health and education was the

third priority, scoring 27 per cent.

Only 19 per cent of people said that making pension provision compulsory

was a top priority.

Of the total sample, 16 per cent said they would like pension savings to

be more flex-ible but a mere 4 per cent voted to remove restrictions on

annuity purchase.

Communications manager Liz Walkington says: “These findings highlight

people&#39s desires to improve equality in health and education. They are

willing to pay higher taxes to fund, for example, free long-term care and

the rem-oval of tuition fees.”


Neville James adds funds in switch to Challenger name

Tep specialist Neville James is to expand its investment operations withtwo new funds and a rebrand of its existing funds under the Challenger name. The move comes in preparation for the launch of parent companyChallenger&#39s UK life company, scheduled for the first quarter of next year.The Australian financial services group bought Neville James in April […]

Paragon probe reveals nation of landlords

Britain is turning into a nation of landlords, acc-ording to latestresearch by Paragon Mortgages. The Paragon Mortgages Property Investor Confidence Tracking Index says inthe last five years about £6bn-£7bn have been lent to landlordsagainst about 135,000 investment properties in the buy-to-let sector. The index, compiled in June, shows that over two-thirds of privatelandlords with mortgages […]

Advice for retiring types

This week, I want to look closer at an area of pensions which is certainto continue to attract an increasing amount of attention and provideendless interest and fees or commission for pension advisers not afraid ofa little additional technical detail, regulatory attention and,consequently, danger. Retirement income planning, until seven or eight years ago, consisted oflittle […]

Polarisation reform – don&#39t panic

In the media coverage of two recent major corporate deals, polarisationreform was cited as an influencing factor. Of course, those involved willhave factored in the possible outcomes of polarisation reform, along withmany other considerations. But should other IFAs be making decisions at this stage? This articlesummarises the width of regulatory options going for- ward and […]


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