Articles tagged with Pensions
by Amber Elliott / 09 May 2012 12:08
It's kind of ironic to see the queen talking about House of Lords reform amidst the pageantry of the Upper House.
In terms of politics, the bill to reform the composition of the House of Lords was the most interesting of the 19 proposed by Her Majesty today (roughly 19 – it's always contentious whether to include draft bills in the total). Notably, it only included the minimum requirement as stated in the
by Martin Shapland / 23 Mar 2012 09:53
I dislike the term ‘Granny Tax’ for two reasons. First: it’s sexist. I’m sure there are still old people who are indeed, grandfathers, or perhaps, just old. Second: it’s not a tax.
From April the first this year pensioners will get an extra £5.30 a week in additional state pension. That’s £275.60 extra over the year.
In April 2013 two things will happen. Thanks to the ‘triple lock’,
by Martin Shapland / 01 Jul 2011 14:29
Now I get it, pensions are an important issue. I hope to live long enough to draw one myself, but, I think for the first time this year, I agree with the leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, when he says that those strikes were wrong and premature.
The unions have a list of demands that border on unreasonable – as everyone else’s pensionable age approaches 70, they want a freeze on
by UK Uncut / 29 Jun 2011 16:45
The government are making everyone else pay for a crisis caused by the bankers. It’s targeted students, pensioners, people with disabilities, the unemployed, NHS workers and patients, and now it’s attacking teachers and other civil servants. The government’s ideologically driven programme of cuts will re-shape our society beyond recognition. If allowed to proceed unchallenged it will gut the state and strip back all of those services and safety nets which any society claiming to
by Dr Éoin Clarke / 29 Jun 2011 11:56
Dear Ed Miliband,
At GEER, we are very aware of the dangers of Thursday’s strike, Osborne and co. must be rubbing their hands in glee at this new opportunity to frame the country’s economic ills at the feet of the trade unions…. And we have posted to that effect. It is also true that the so-called ‘free’ press will overwhelmingly promote the coalition case. There is even a grain of truth in
by Shane Greer / 16 Jun 2011 09:10
Putting aside the fact the PCS has backed strike action on the basis of only 61% approval on a 32% turnout (hardly a resounding demonstration of broad support), the co-ordinated strike action by the public sector raises a very simple question: where is the money going to come from?
Focusing on PCS again, we hear their general secretary bemoaned the future reduction on public sector pension pay-outs. But he delicately side-steps the question
by Michelle Mitchell / 18 May 2011 11:42
Recent coverage of the coalition government’s first birthday failed to highlight a disgraceful broken promise to hundreds of thousands of hard-working women. Today, many of these women will be converging on Westminster to protest to their MPs about these changes.
Just over a year ago, the coalition promised that the state pension age would not start to rise to 66 before 2020 for women and 2016 for men. The problem