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Pickering to reinstate compulsory employer pensions

Alan Pickering is set to propose restoring the right for employers to force staff to join company pension schemes, according to an interview he gave to the Financial Times.

Pensions experts have welcomed the move, saying the move has been on the cards for some time and will improve pension provision.

In his report on how to simplify pensions regime, Pickering is also likely to propose scrapping the second state pension.


Analyst finds UK IFAs in &#39enviously&#39 healthy financial position

More than half of UK IFA firms are in a strong financial position with healthy balance sheets and low debt levels, according to research by analyst Plimsoll.The new study examining the finances of the 1,000 biggest IFAs, covering areas such as profit, debt, turnover and margins, rates 512 firms as “strong” with average margins of […]

Pension firms struggling with divorce transfers

IFAs are struggling to find pension providers fully equipped to accept pension transfer business arising from divorce.Since December 2000, pension funds can be split on divorce and given to an ex-spouse in the form of a pension credit which can be placed theoretically elsewhere with another provider.But IFAs say many pension companies are unable to […]

Admin crisis on pension sharing

IFAs are struggling to find product providers which offer a complete service for taking on pension funds split by a divorce 18 months after pension-sharing legislation was introduced.Pension sharing allows a pension fund to be split in the event of divorce. The divorced spouse gets a credit which can be moved elsewhere.Friends Provident, Scot-tish Equitable, […]

Base rate remains the same

The Bank of England&#39s Monetary Policy Committee has announced it is leaving the base rate unchanged at 4 per cent for the seventh consecutive month. The decision came despite calls for the rate to go up to cool off the housing market, but the MPC&#39s decision is thought to have taken into account zero UK […]

Looking back at 2015

By Fiona Tait, Pensions Specialist 2015 was quite a year for pensions. Change, more change, and proposed changes to the changes. The Spring Budget – pre-election plans With everything that has happened since, it is hard to remember what happened in March. Following on from the bombshell of the 2014 Budget, the Chancellor confined himself […]


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