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Neil Walsh


Brexit and pensions: deal or no deal

The government has stepped up planning for a ‘no deal’ Brexit. Part of its preparations includes publishing guidance explaining the rights of UK nationals in the EU if the UK leaves without an agreement.


Budget 2018 and pension tax relief

Speculation about pension tax relief is as much a sign of an upcoming Budget as returning swallows herald the arrival of spring (I’ve indulged in it myself).


Some progress for unmarried couples but major pension pitfalls remain

The government unlawfully discriminated against unmarried couples by refusing to allow claims for widowed parent's allowance in cases where the surviving partner was not married to, or the civil partner of, the deceased. 


Will Brexit make it illegal to pay pensions overseas?

Anyone casually reading the news in July 2018 might have had the impression that Brexit could make it illegal for pensions to be paid to people who retire to a country in the European Union.


Same-sex pension rights: the government has finally acted on a landmark court ruling

The government has finally responded to last year’s Supreme Court ruling on equal pension benefits for same-sex partners in the event of a scheme member’s death.


Further update on cashing in defined benefit pensions

This blog is an update on one written in January, with additional information relevant to members considering whether to cash in the pension they have built up in a defined benefit pension scheme. It is important to read this in conjunction with the earlier blog.


Why it can pay to pay into a pension

The vast majority of employers Prospect deals with have a long history of offering excellent quality pension schemes to their employees. The relatively small number who never previously did so, have been caught up by a relatively new legal duty to enrol employees into a pension scheme and contribute to...


Facing a demand to repay pension overpayments?

The civil service pension scheme recently reported that overpayments of £22 million were made to pensioners over many years.