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A Decade of Non-Stop Simplification

Helen Powell

6 April 2016 marks the 10-year anniversary of ‘A-Day’, the start date of the new regime of pensions tax simplification. How is that working out for you? Read More

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The Chancellor who came to TEE: is pensions tax just a matter of timing?

Helen Powell

An ISA-style system of pensions taxation, as suggested by the Chancellor in his Summer Budget yesterday, is conceptually quite straightforward. Currently the UK Government provides tax relief (subject to the annual allowance) on pension contributions as they are made, exempts investment roll-up during the accumulation phase and taxes the end product (known as an Exempt, Read More

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Farewell to Steve Webb

Däna Burstow

Whatever I might feel about the outcome of the election, of one thing I am sure – that the pensions industry is a poorer place without Steve Webb as pensions minister. He really rolled up his sleeves to get to tackle the issues we face and listened with open ears.  Read More

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Scottish Limited Partnerships and pension schemes: Brave hearts needed for 2014?

Neil Bowden

Scots will go to the polls in 2014 on the question of independence. I confess I am not neutral in the debate being a Scot living in London (but don’t however have a vote!) but it did get me thinking about what a “yes” would mean for UK pension schemes, and in particular those defined Read More

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It’s RPI again (with apologies to the Housemartins)

Helen Powell

It’s happy hour again* at the Office for National Statistics, with a four for two deal on inflation measures. It’s no longer just RPI and CPI: will the new choices reopen debate on how to revalue pension benefits and index pensions in payment? Read More

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