Synopsis: Short summaries of articles we think you will find useful from some of the weekends broadsheets. At the end of each summary is a link to take you directly to the relevant article. Please see Helpful Hints at the end of the bulletin.
Financial Times:” A third of over-55s targeted by pension tricksters”. Officials are being urged to step up pension scam awareness campaigns after a new survey found a third of over-55s had received approaches about worrying investment opportunities. Click here to go directly to the article
Financial Times:” Consumer group urges minister to focus on pension charges”. Consumer campaigners are urging the new pension’s minister to tackle high charges as hundreds of thousands of savers take advantage of new pension freedoms.
Financial Times:” Steve Webb warns successor on UK workplace pension shortfalls”. The UK’s longest-serving pensions minister has warned the new government faces a huge challenge to boost workplace pension savings and that a lack of urgent action would come back to haunt policy makers. Click here to go directly to the article
Financial Times:” Tax treatment of couples criticised”. Campaigners have called for greater consistency in the definition of couples for tax and benefits, criticising the UK tax system’s preferential treatment of those who are married. Click here to go directly to the article
Financial Times:” Dual residence complicates Scottish tax status”. The government is facing obstacles to identifying Scottish taxpayers, with less than a year to go before income tax is partially devolved. Click here to go directly to the article
The Times:” Perk that’s just too taxing”. The marriage allowance is proving tricky to claim
The Times:” What next after pensioner bonds?” Yesterday was the last day that older savers could apply for the 65-plus Guaranteed Growth Bonds from National Savings & Investments. The hugely popular bonds, which went on sale in January, paid the best rates on the market, so where can you go now to get the best deposit account deal?
The Times:” Savers ‘unable to detect pension scammers'”. Fraudsters are exploiting new pension freedoms and people retiring fear they cannot tell a scam from a genuine investment, according to a survey.
The Times:” Alternatives to boost your pension income”. Prophecies that the new pension freedoms would lead people to splash out on fast cars have proved wide of the mark, with no sign of Lamborghini dealers running low. What are in short supply, however, are the good value, lower risk investments that many savers hoped would provide them with a secure income throughout their retirement in a freer pensions world.
The Telegraph:” The new ‘flat rate’ pension (where everybody gets different amounts)”. For hundreds of thousands of people like Teresa Hunter, retiring in the decade after 2016 will not lead to a full state pension
The Telegraph:” Families facing a ‘lottery’ over when they need to pay their nanny a pension”. New rules affecting those who pay carers, nannies and cleaners are being phased in in random fashion with some affected sooner than others
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