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Pension protection fund to help victims of collapsed schemes

The Queen has announced Government plans to launch a pension protection fund to help members of collapsed private schemes that have lost most or all of their pension pot. It will also introduce a new pensions regulator to root out fraud and mal-administration. It intends to step up efforts to educate the public with the creation of an online retirement planning service.

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Pension freedom: wish you were here?

Out there lies a warm ocean of desert islands, sun, sand and palm trees, where individuals can choose how and when to tax-efficiently access their pension fund and realise the retirement dreams they have worked so hard for.

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