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Govt plans to allow pension tax relief for over 75s

Advisers have backed Government proposals to abolish rules that prevent people aged 75 and over from claiming tax relief on pension contributions. Chancellor George Osborne announced plans to fundamentally redesign the UK private pensions system in his Budget speech earlier today. Under the proposals, anyone aged 55 or over will be able to take their […]

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FCA warns firms over ‘tick box’ mentality

The FCA has warned the industry to move away from the “tick box” compliance culture created by its predecessor. Speaking at the FCA’s Canary Wharf offices last night, FCA director of supervision Clive Adamson said a significant challenge facing the industry is compliance is still focused on adherence to a strict set of rules, while […]


Nic Cicutti: Hoban doth protest too much

Many years from now, long after Iain Duncan Smith is departed from his ministerial labours, what will the world say about him? Will he be lauded as the person who – virtually single-handedly – managed to reform the UK’s welfare system and make working for a living worthwhile again for hundreds of thousands of people previously […]


Govt extends Freedom of Information rules to more private firms

The Government is extending the Freedom of Information rules to more private companies that carry out public functions. Speaking in the House of Commons today, justice minister Simon Hughes set out a radical extension of the transparency laws which could be rolled out as quickly as this year. The Freedom of Information Act forces some […]

‘How to…audit your auto-enrolment scheme compliance’

Avoid pension penalties with our auto-enrolment checklist

According to the Pensions Regulator’s annual commentary and analysis report released this month, 785 potential non-compliance cases were referred for investigation, with 23 auto-enrolment compliance notices issued. And they predict that the use of their statutory powers is only going to increase.


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