Rogue Pot Noodle threatens hack’s career

New meaning for ‘pension pot’

The relationship between WSJ’s sister title Money Marketing and Citizens Advice is at breaking point because of a rogue Pot Noodle.

Pensions reporter Sam Brodbeck’s career hangs in the balance after an embarassing faux pas that came close to scuppering a high-profile interview with CA chief executive Gillian Guy, WSJ understands.

It was the first meeting with the CA chief since it was announced the organisation would be delivering face-to-face guidance as part of Pension Wise, the Government’s flagship service.

Brodbeck arrived half an hour early for the interview and inadvertently extracted his lunch, a beef and tomato flavoured Pot Noodle, from of his bag as he rummaged for a dictaphone. Mindful of the salty snack’s squalid reputation, the hack expected the interview to be abruptly terminated and himself to be ejected by Bureau bouncers. Luckily, Guy was too polite – or too disgusted – to comment.

However, the conversation did drift on to the risks of pensioners being left with only pennies to live on if they spend their savings too soon under the new pensions freedoms. WSJ expects the fear of falling back on Pot Noodle in retirement to feature heavily in future Pension Wise campaigns.

A spokesman for Pot Noodle was not available to comment but said to try again in four mins after stirring.

Recommended

UK-Currency-Money-Pound-GBP-620x413.jpg
1

TD Direct adds guidance to execution-only offering

Execution-only broker TD Direct Investing is to offer its customers guidance after receiving regulatory approval for a change in permissions. Last month the firm said it had applied to the FCA for advice permissions and wanted to provide customers with “non-personal, online advice”. In an announcement today, TD Direct says its non-personal guidance will better […]

UK-Currency-Money-Pound-GBP-620x413.jpg
1

Intelligent Pensions launches 0.75% flexi-access drawdown

Intelligent Pensions has launched an advised flexi-access drawdown plan designed for defined contribution schemes that will not be offering members the new option within the scheme. The 0.75 per cent annual charge covers adminstration and investment management costs. The products is aimed at pension pots worth £100,000 and over, which will have a 1 per […]

Time to stop the salami slicing on tax relief

Steve Webb  – Director of Policy and External Communications As the Autumn Statement approaches, Steve Webb calls for the Government to stop tinkering with tax relief. Twice a year, in the run-up to the Spring Budget and the Autumn Statement, we face a torrent of speculation as to what changes the Chancellor might make to […]

Newsletter

News and expert analysis straight to your inbox

Sign up

Comments

There is one comment at the moment, we would love to hear your opinion too.

  1. Ha, ha
    He must have felt a bit of a noodle.
    But not the first to find this whole situation potty.

    Sorry

    Will now quietly retire….

Leave a comment