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DSS launches new website

The Department of Social Security is launching a new website as part of a drive to deliver all of its services electronically by 2005.

The new site,, merges the Benefits Agency and old DSS sites. It will feature practical information for customers, such as a search engine for finding their nearest social security office.

Claim forms will be available on the site later this year, which will serve as a platform for electronic services offered in the future.

Secretary of State for Social Security Alistair Darling says: "Our new website allows people to get immediate answers to a multitude of queries. We want to provide the public with a fully interactive service."


Massive IFA backing for status quo

An overwhelming majority of IFAs have backed the current rules on polarisation in a poll conducted by Money Marketing this week.One hundred IFAs were asked for their position on full polarisation and 87 gave their full backing over other options put forward by London Economics. The results are a massive endorsement of the status quo.IFAs […]

Independent View

The Equitable Life debacle has been providing some food for thought.It has probably been difficult for us all to keep the smile from our lips as the “no commission for middlemen” office has run into such spectacular difficulties.Years of being told thatit having “such low charges” justified clients placing all their eggs in one basket […]

ScotEq in Tip rejig to offer IFAs new options

Scottish Equitable is revamping its trustee investment plan.The move creates two new options for IFAs. The first, designed for intermediaries who work on fee-based business models, includes a nil-commission option, no initial charge,an annual management charge of 0.6 per cent and no exit charges.The second option, for commission-based IFAs, offers commission of up to 2.5 […]

Baring looking to expand into e-commerce

Baring Asset Management has appointed a new head of group e-business to expand the company’s online capability. Chris Burgess joins BAM from PriceWaterhouseCooper on August 29.and his responsibilities will include the development of online facilities for IFAs. Joji Maki has also been appointed as the new head of BAM’s Japanese Equity team. He joins the […]

Indian market rallies as Modi's popularity strengthens

Kunal Desai, manager of the Neptune India Fund, comments on the implications of the BJP’s historic election win in India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh. Read the full article here Important Information – for investment professionals only. Not for retail clients.  Investment risks  The Neptune India Fund may have a high volatility rating and past […]


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