This week it's pensioners who have been mis-sold. But we're all victims of bad advice.
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William Menzies-Wilson: Executive in steel and shipping who guided both industries through troubled times
Thursday 21 July 2011
Bill Menzies-Wilson was an industrialist, first in steel and then shipping, in the second half of the 20th century. During a period of major upheaval, Menzies-Wilson survived the tumult of both nationalisation and attempted acquisitions by "corporate raiders" with his reputation enhanced. In his retirement he was an inspiring chairman of Help the Aged.
Saturday 23 April 2011
You can tell when people start spring cleaning in my neck of the woods, because every Monday morning there are black binbags sitting outside Age Concern, ripped open as if by a pack of velociraptors, their contents thoroughly rummaged through and scattered to the winds.
Friday 03 December 2010
A pensioner is feared to have collapsed in her garden and frozen to death, police said today.
Saturday 02 October 2010
Q. I opened an e-ISA with NatWest on 28 April 2009. At that time, it was the best ISA available that allowed transfers from existing ISAs. But I believe NatWest applied the wrong interest rate. I should have received 3 per cent or 3.26 per cent AER, but I received only its current rate of 2 per cent AER. I have sent two letters, but haven't received a reply to my second letter. DK, by email.
Friday 24 September 2010
Reading Jane Miller's Crazy Age is rather like peering into one of the cluttered-up drawers she talks about being saddled with, now that she's old. It's a shame that those thoughts are presented in such a confused jumble. There's a lot here that should have been put into a bag and taken off to Age Concern. Is this a book about how novelists and writers have viewed youth and age through the centuries? Is it an autobiography? Is it a treatise on old age? And what's all that waffle doing here, linking all these disparate bits together?
Monday 23 August 2010
An independent review into the care of an elderly couple found dead in their home found today that authorities had tried to help but they had "consistently refused support".
Sunday 08 August 2010
Wednesday 31 March 2010
Thursday 25 March 2010
Pensioners groups reacted angrily last night to what they see as the Chancellor's lack of fresh support for older people in yesterday's Budget. The key announcements included the extension of the temporary increase to the winter fuel allowance of £250 for the under-80s and £400 for the over-80s for another year. Mr Darling also reduced the number of working hours the over-60s need to do to qualify for working-tax credit. He also said that the freezing in the inheritance tax threshold at £325,000 for the next four years will help raise the cash to pay for the care of elderly people.
Saturday 13 March 2010
A free financial advice service has been launched by the Government. Called Moneymadeclear, it offers a telephone helpline, website and face-to-face sessions with independent financial experts. The service will cost around £20m in the first year and is being jointly funded by the Government and the Financial Services Authority. In future years it will be paid for by taking up to £100m from dormant bank accounts, as announced in last year's pre-Budget report.
Saturday 13 March 2010
Thursday 25 February 2010
Almost 50,000 people could be dying with malnutrition in English hospitals, the Tories claimed today.
Saturday 20 February 2010
Saturday 20 February 2010
Sunday 14 February 2010
The Health Secretary tried to cool the row over care for the elderly today by calling a non-partisan conference to address the issue this week.
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