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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.

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Gauging the true scale of work-related stress

Rates of work-related stress and depression are at record highs, according to official figures. One person a minute develops stress because of excessive workloads, poorly designed jobs and a lack of support from their managers. While that figure seems high, the stigma that still dogs mental health could be preventing...

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Reporting gender pay gap figures needs to be start of the process, not the end

The deadline has passed and the results are in. The UK’s most comprehensive attempt yet to understand pay inequality has resulted in thousands of UK employers across the public and private sector publishing their gender pay gap figures. But what does the data tell us, and what do the next...

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Time to get ahead on equal access to careers

Prospect is working closely with others to increase the flow of new women and returners into STEM careers, including at BT, says the union’s president Denise McGuire

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The squeeze on defence spending (long read)

Following years of neglect, debate about the defence budget is rising to the top of government concerns. Those leading the charge have very different personalities. Defence secretary Gavin Williamson, of tarantula fame, is an abrasive figure, willing to court the press to push his department into the headlines. As one...