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TUC pledges action to save pension schemes

The TUC has vowed to fight pension cuts by firms that can fund deficits, have taken extended contribution holidays or allow directors to continue with the same benefits.

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Barclays eyes equity release

Barclays is considering a move into equity release which could push the sector into the mainstream. HBOS is also looking at equity release although it has no imminent plans to enter the market. Norwich Union has revealed it is acting as a consultant to a number of its distribution partners, which include Barclays, that are […]

PAL opens up SSAS clinic for A-Day

Pensions Associates Limited is setting up an Ssas clinic for IFAs, employee benefit consultants and administrators to help them prepare for A-Day. The clinic will provide a review service for advisers and enable them to access the Aries Pension and Insurance Systems software package, which compares benefit entitlements and allowances before and after A-Day. Advisers […]

Who cares?

By Tracey Dickson, marketing consultant There are almost 7 million carers in the UK – that’s around 10 per cent of the population who provide unpaid care for a disabled, seriously ill or older loved one.1 But according to a report from the charity Carers UK, 20 per cent of people providing 50 hours or more of care […]

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