31 March 2009
Around a sixth of Britain's population – some 11 million people – are pensioners. Yet the basic state pension is just 15 percent of the average wage, down from 25 percent when pensions were first paid in 1909.
03 March 2009
If the Royal Bank of Scotland had been allowed to go bust the bank’s former boss, Sir Fred Goodwin, would be on a pension of £20,000 a year. That’s what he’d be entitled to from the Pension Protection Fund, the safety net this government was forced to put in place for when company pension schemes collapse.
27 January 2009
The state pension is 100 years old this month – but new research shows it has plummeted in value over the past three decades. And the financial crisis is set to make this situation even worse.
09 December 2008
A government scheme to guarantee the pensions of millions of workers is in danger of collapsing because of the huge growth in corporate pension shortfalls.
04 November 2008
Tens of thousands of telecom workers face having to work an extra five years before they can retire.
04 November 2008
Ministers and employers are gearing up for yet another assault on our pension rights – including renewed attempts to raise the retirement age – and we need to prepare to fight back.
04 November 2008
The government was boasting last month of its plans to ensure that half a million people would be entitled to the full state pension despite not having paid sufficient national insurance (NI).
28 October 2008
The plummeting stock markets are having a devastating effect on the pensions of working people.
30 September 2008
In the midst of all the headlines about banks going bust and billion dollar bailouts, one aspect of the chaos currently ripping through the financial markets has gone relatively unmentioned – the looming crisis in pension funds.
11 December 2007
Gordon Brown and his chancellor Alistair Darling are breaking another promise – this time over 120,000 pension robbery victims.
12 June 2007
The government is under renewed pressure to improve compensation for the 125,000 victims of failed company pensions after it lost a vital House of Lords vote recently.
05 June 2007
The GMB union has accused the private equity industry of raiding workers’ pensions and dumping liabilities into insolvent pension funds.
17 March 2007
A wide-ranging new attack on the pensions of millions of private sector workers was unveiled last week – on the basis of a report co-authored by a top trade unionist.
10 March 2007
The future pensions for millions of local government workers are hanging in the balance.
03 March 2007
The long running dispute over the Local Government Pension Scheme, affecting over a million workers, reaches a defining moment next Tuesday when the Unison union holds a special conference.
17 February 2007
The dispute over the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) is reaching its most crucial stage.
20 January 2007
The government and the PCS civil service workers’ union have released details of new proposals for the pension scheme.
13 January 2007
The government has issued new proposals for local government pensions.
06 January 2007
Negotiations are continuing over local government pensions. There are signs that some unions are willing to accept the latest government proposals, but others seem reluctant to endorse them.
16 December 2006
The new "Britsaver" pension, which the government announced this week, could make matters worse for millions.