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Howard calls for Blair intervention on pensions compensation

Leader of the opposition Michael Howard has waded into the increasingly heated row over compensation for the 60,000 pensioners whose funds have been wound-up. He is calling for the Prime minister to make a personal intervention.

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There has been an active debate about the price cap on stakeholder pensions and Sandler products – should it stay at 1 per cent or should it be increased? Whatever the outcome, one thing is clear – people are not saving enough to secure their own financial futures. In the short term, this is painful […]

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