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Regulators' scrutiny of annuities is a warning to plan carefully for old age. Julian Knight reports

Annuity inquiry must lead to fairer pensions

An investigation into retirement income payouts could save pensioners £1bn a year.

Pensioners' fuel allowance, free TV licence and bus passes at risk as Downing Street admits pledge to protect them only applies until 2015

New doubts were raised today about the future of pensioners' benefits, after Downing Street made clear that the Prime Minister's pledge to protect them applies only until the 2015 general election.

FSA to investigate pensions annuity market amid fears

Watchdog acts as pensioners lose out on thousands in income each year

Simon Read: Last act not yet over for gold-plated pensions

Gold-plated final-salary pension schemes have been in terminal decline for more than a decade. The Coalition's policy of trying to shore up the economy by pumping more and more money into it has simply hastened the crisis and persuaded more pension trustees to panic and shut attractive schemes.

The deterioration of workplace schemes will affect millions of pensioners

Julian Knight: Barnardo's pension plan closure will not be the last

The charity's decision to end a career average pension scheme, just a few years after ditching final salary, is a warning to us all

The new regime will only really help those who help themselves in the years before they retire

Planning for retirement just got much easier

A simplified, flat-rate state pension should help you prepare, but what steps should you take now, asks Chiara Cavaglieri

Pensions infrastructure fund builds up past the £1bn mark

The pension industry has raised more than £1bn for its fund to invest in Britain's infrastructure, a key plank of the Government's economic growth strategy.

Five Questions About: State pension reform

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Pensions regulator to scrutinise value of schemes

Plans to enrol nine million more workers in company pension schemes are set to be investigated by regulators.

Government pledge extra pension benefit to women

About 750,000 women will receive an extra £9 a week in state pension under plans for a new £144-a-week flat-rate payment, the Government will pledge today.

Single flat rate pension of £144 planned

Details of a radical shake-up of the state pension are due to be unveiled by the coalition on Monday.

Pension contributions too low in small firms

Hard-pressed staff in smaller companies are not increasing contributions into their workplace pension schemes, according to a survey from the Association of Consulting Actuaries.

Price index revamp delivers 'major blow' to retirement plans

Pension savers face a serious blow to their retirement prospects with confirmation this week on changes in how the retail price index (RPI) is calculated.

The coming year will see a sea-change in pensions provision in the UK

All change on pensions as workers are opted in

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