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ABI: Providers took 200,000 calls in first week of pension freedoms

Providers handled over 200,000 calls from customers in the first week following the introduction of pension freedoms, according to the Association of British Insurers. ABI figures out today show members of the trade body received 229,932 calls between Tuesday and Friday last week about the reforms. This is a 214 per cent increase compared to […]

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PRA confirms 100% annuity compensation

People in receipt of annuities will receive 100 per cent compensation if their provider goes bust, the Prudential Regulation Authority has confirmed. Following a consultation the PRA says it plans to increase the long-term insurance – including annuities, pensions and life assurance – FSCS compensation limits to 100 per cent, up from 90 per cent. […]

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Out from the long grass? An IT and NI merger

Those with a long memory will recall that at the start of the last parliamentary term George Osborne announced his intention to merge income tax (IT) and national insurance (NI).  Headline grabbing as the initiative was, the reality of the complexities, challenges and costs of such a move resulted in this idea being kicked into the political long grass.

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