Simon Read: An Australian 'frozen' pensioner speaks out

My report last week about 92-year ex-army veteran Vic Williams prompted a lot of response from readers. To remind you, Vic made a video for David Cameron - you'll find it here bit.ly/1d1mQ3t. In it he raises the issue of the pensions injustice that leaves almost half of our British pensioners who live abroad facing a frozen state pension while the rest get annual increases as if they still remained in this country.

Vic Williams has made a video appeal to the Prime Minister

'Why do I get a smaller pension pot than other veterans?'

British retirees are entitled to a state pension, but some get a bigger payout than others. Why? Because of where they live. Remembrance Day reminds Simon Read of this inequity

'Why do I get a smaller pension pot than other veterans?'

British retirees are entitled to a state pension, but some get a bigger payout than others. Why? Because of where they live. Remembrance Day reminds Simon read of this inequity

Pensions could scrap widows' rights and index-links

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Government's attempt to save salary-linked pensions could eat into other retirement schemes

A Government attempt to save salary-linked pensions could see private sector workers’ retirement funds eaten away by inflation and the loss of payments to the spouses of deceased policyholders, it was reported last night.

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Industry warning over cap on workplace pension fees

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Simon Read: Pensions bill gives a chance of justice for the OAPs overseas

More than half a million British pensioners who live abroad will turn their attention back home on Tuesday. That's because the new Pensions Bill reaches its report stage in the House of Commons, and there are hopes that expats will finally get parity and see the contentious Clause 20 removed. The clause continues a long-standing anomaly whereby Britons who live in certain countries have their state pensions frozen, while those who live in other countries enjoy annual increases.

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Pensions cash-back proposal could help thousands

Government rules which allow small pension savers to take their pension pot as cash are so complicated, hardly anyone benefits from them. Instead, those with the smallest pension pots are forced to buy poor value annuities from insurance companies.

Government told its new pension system is ‘not fit for purpose’

The UK’s new pension saving system is not “fit for purpose” at a time when retirement prospects in the UK are more uncertain than ever and state pensions are being slashed, a leading report warns today.

Almost half expecting to work beyond 65

Nearly half of Britons believe they will have to work beyond age 65 because their pensions savings are inadequate, a survey from Scottish Widows has found.

Simon Read: Watch out for the dodgy pension liberation firms

Hundreds of thousands of savers are being targeted by unscrupulous pension liberation firms. They suggest you can unlock your pension early, but if you do so, you risk losing up to 90 per cent of your savings through tax losses.

Money alert: Campaigners seek commitment to unfreeze pensions

The fight for pension parity for more than half a million British pensioners living in Commonwealth countries continues.

Pension shake-up must help people get better retirements

A damning report published by the Office of Fair Trading this week concluded that defined contribution pension schemes are not delivering value for money for savers.

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