Gay couple lose court battle over equal pension rights

The Court of Appeal has rejected an appeal that would have seen a gay man given the same pension rights as a wife. John Walker retired in 2003, before the introduction of gay civil partnerships, on a pension worth around £85,000 a year from chemical firm Innospec, the BBC reports. He entered a civil partnership […]


FTSE companies favour dividends over pensions

FTSE 100 companies that made a loss in 2015 paid out 25 per cent more in dividends than into their pension scheme, research suggests. Actuarial firm Lane Clark & Peacock says the combined pension deficit of the 56 companies at the end of 2015 was £42.3bn but they collectively paid dividends of £53bn. LCP says […]


Ian McKenna: How to fix the broken protection industry

At last month’s Protection Review conference, chief executive Kevin Carr identified just 3 per cent of mortgage advisers think the protection industry is working well for them. This is a damning indictment of the current state of the life assurance industry. A small number of highly professional specialist protection advisers, who understand their products inside […]


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