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Pensions blog

Pensions blog

Prospect's pensions officers blog about the issues that exercise their minds.


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Some progress for unmarried couples but major pension pitfalls remain

Last week the Supreme Court ruled that the government unlawfully discriminated against unmarried couples by refusing to allow claims for widowed parents allowance (WPA) in cases where the surviving partner was not married to, or the civil partner of, the deceased. 


The State Pension – what you need to know

What's the key information you need to know about the UK State Pension? Our Pensions Officer, Stewart Mott, explains


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.


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UK’s pension saving crisis – What next after auto-enrolment?

Auto-enrolment and the creation of the National Employment Savings Trust, the UK's new universal pension provider, were introduced to tackle the UK’s emerging pension saving crisis because increasing numbers of people were heading towards retirement with little or no pension savings.


2014 Local Government Pension Scheme - What do I need to know?

How do the reforms introduced in 2014 affect members in the Local Government Pension Scheme? Our Assistant Pensions Officer, Stewart Mott, explains