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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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Warning over boom in pension texts and cold calls

The Information Commissioner’s Office has raised concerns over the increase in the number of people receiving cold calls or texts about their pensions. It says it has received over 1,000 complaints since last Christmas. Of these, 434 complaints were about live calls, 445 were about automated calls and 67 on spam texts. In addition, Which? […]

Tax-free gains? That can’t be right, can it?

When he was Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne made several changes to the way in which income is taxed. Personal allowances were increased significantly above the rate of inflation; a starting rate band was introduced for savings income and, with effect from 6 April 2015, this was assessed at 0 per cent. In addition, […]

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