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 […]
The number of annuity complaints received by the Financial Ombudsman Service has climbed by 29 per cent in the past year, as more consumers complain they were not made aware of the option of shopping around. The FOS’s annual review, published today, shows there were 776 complaints about annuities in the year to 31 March […]
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? […]
Fixed penalty notices also increase in Q1.
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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