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No news is good news for pensions in Autumn Budget 2017

The chancellor, Philip Hammond, has today, Tuesday, 22 November, given his Autumn Budget 2017 Following the speech Malcolm McLean, Senior Consultant at Barnett Waddingham shares his views on the apparent lack of pensions.

Barnett Waddingham’s predictions for the Autumn Budget 2017

A fairly quiet budget is expected for pensions overall on 22 November, albeit with the possibility of some further changes being announced on tax reliefs and the allowances associated with them.

Barnett Waddingham achieves gold award

Barnett Waddingham has received a ‘Gold Award’ from the independent Investor in Customers (IIC) assessment process for its pension administration service.

Majority of UK workers ‘struggle’ and ‘coast’ through their job

Two thirds of UK workers admit to coasting or struggling in the workplace with just 18% reporting they’re flourishing, finds a survey published today by Barnett Waddingham.

Huge variations in fund returns for ISA and pension customers

A recent investigation by Barnett Waddingham has uncovered significant inconsistency in the investment performance of UK with profit funds – a type of medium to long-term investment fund offered by insurers, often as part of a pension or an individual savings account (ISA).

Welcome reduction to PPF Levy

The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) have released a statement setting out its intended levy policy for the next three years, and its draft rules for the 2018/19 levy. Chris Ramsey, Associate, believes this is a welcome review.

A good opportunity to make changes to the system

Latest figures from the Government suggest as many as 12 million people are currently failing to save adequately for their retirement. This has potentially serious consequences, not only for the individuals themselves, but also the workers and taxpayers of the future.

Silver rating in client service awards

Barnett Waddingham has announced receiving silver in the Investor in Customers (IIC) award for client relationship management in self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs) and small self-administered schemes (SSAS).

Impressively large disposable income for retired households

The latest release from the Office for National Statistics shows how the income levels of retired households have changed over the last 40 years. Malcolm McLean, Senior Consultant at Barnett Waddingham, comments on the release.

Overview on SPA increases for women

An analysis by economists has found that more than a million women are worse off by an average of around £32 a week, as a result of the increase in the state pension age. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found the increase in the state pension age for women from 60 to 63 between 2010 and 2016 was saving the Government over £5bn a year, but hitting the household incomes of those women affected. Although the increase in the state pension age had boosted employment, as more women stayed in work, the extra wages only partially offset the potential pension income they would have received.

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