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Paul Lewis: How do you solve a problem like Maria?

She is Maria Sinclair, just 65 and she is happy. Pension freedom has begun. She has a pension pot, which she began some 25 years ago, and she believes it is worth quite a lot. In work, Maria never earned more than £18,000 a year. Her state pension amounts to £118.64 a week. She has […]

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‘Gloves are off’ as auto-enrol escalating fines bite

Advisers fear the first four escalating fines issued to employers by The Pensions Regulator are the tip of the iceberg as more than a million of the UK’s smallest firms prepare to auto-enrol staff for the first time. The regulator’s latest quarterly compliance bulletin shows it sent £400 fixed penalty notices to 198 employers in […]

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Retirement Strategy Leader: We need a cure for scammer disease

Nobody wants another misselling scandal. So clearly, it is paramount that pension freedoms work alongside adequate consumer protection. The Government and the FCA have arguably done their best to put this in place in the tight timescale they had. We have the requirement that people wanting to transfer from defined benefit to defined contribution schemes […]

HMRC takes bank bonus appeal to Supreme Court

The UK’s highest court is to hear an appeal by HMRC over two offshore schemes used by banks to shield staff payments from tax. The tax office will attempt to convince the Supreme Court that UBS and Deutsche Bank used the schemes to avoid tax in 2003 and 2004, the FT reports. Employees received shares […]

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