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John Lawson: A spanner in the works for DB transfers

The Government was keen to allow those with defined benefit pensions access to the same freedom and choice as those with defined contribution savings. That is why we have new rules that allow transfers to proceed once a member of a DB scheme has received advice. However, the planned reduction of the lifetime allowance from […]

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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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Advisers blast ‘crazy’ Pension Wise ad ban

Advisers have lambasted “crazy” Government rules which have led to the withdrawal of TV advertising for Pension Wise in the months surrounding pension freedoms. The service was set up to provide guidance to customers unsure of their options under the new rules, which came into force this week. But advisers have warned that strict limits […]

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In the crosshairs: Politicians and regulators take aim at non-advised business

Non-advised business models will be in the crosshairs of politicians and regulators no matter the outcome of this week’s general election, Money Marketing understands. Ros Altmann – who is to be made a Conservative peer and appointed minister for consumer protection if the Tories form a Government – says she will explore banning commission entirely. […]

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Official figures show shocking disparity in pensioner incomes

Our recent analysis of HMRC figures has highlighted shocking disparities in pension incomes throughout the UK. Our recent analysis of HMRC figures has highlighted shocking disparities in pension incomes throughout the UK. HMRC’s Personal Incomes Statistics 2015-16 show that while the top ten local authorities for pension income are all in London or the South East, […]

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