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Torys reshuffle policy role

An Opposition reshuffle this week sees David Willetts lose his role as policy co-ordinator for the Conservatives, focusing solely on his responsibilities as Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary. David Cameron is the new head of policy co-ordination.

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Financial issues MEPS back in Brussels

Three key MEPs working on financial services issues in the European Parliament have regained their seats in the European elections. Conservative MEP Theresa Villiers took 27 per cent of the vote for the London region. Labour MEP Peter Skinner took 14 per cent and Liberal Democrat MEP and Chris Huhne gained 15 per cent both […]

Medicinal purposes

The experience of other countries where healthcare is delivered via a mix of public and private systems is that not only do patients enjoy better outcomes and have more choice but the systems are also fair for all. We support a fair and comprehensive healthcare system for everyone. We agree that money alone, whether from […]

Friends foundation looks at giving for charity

Friends Provident is to use £20m in unclaimed shares from its demutualisation to set up a foundation aimed at promoting charity work and philanthropy. The Friends Provident Foundation launches on July 14 with a debate and publication entitled, The Right Use of Money in 21st Century Britain, suggesting approaches that governments, private bodies, voluntary organisations […]

What exactly is product innovation?

By Fiona Tait, Pensions Specialist Ros Altmann reportedly hoped for more product innovation following pension freedom¹ and, according to one poll, 66 per cent of advisers also believe that providers should be doing more². This article considers whether there is a real client need for new products, or whether we should be focusing our attention on efficient delivery […]

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