Money Arthur and Joan Foster at a family wedding in 1997

This week it's pensioners who have been mis-sold. But we're all victims of bad advice.

William Menzies-Wilson: Executive in steel and shipping who guided both industries through troubled times

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.

Harriet Walker: Once we used to donate stuff. Now we just want to flog it

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.

Two pensioners found dead in gardens

A pensioner is feared to have collapsed in her garden and frozen to death, police said today.

Questions Of Cash: 'My e-ISA interest rate was too low'

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.

Crazy Age: Thoughts on being Old, By Jane Miller

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?

Authorities tried to help couple found dead

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".

Don't let your age be a barrier to travel cover

You've taken your pension and now it's time to see the world. But retirees can end up paying up to five times more for travel insurance. Chiara Cavaglieri reports

Michelle Mitchell: Whoever wins election, care must come first

Unless care is protected from cuts, a funding black hole of £1.75bn will open up

Pensions: OAPs angered by lack of support

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.

Government's Moneymadeclear service offers financial advice for free

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.

Married drivers are risking their no-claims discount

Couples wishing to transfer car insurance between spouses face a costly barrier, as one Independent reader found out.

Tories fear 50,000 hospital patients dying from malnutrition

Almost 50,000 people could be dying with malnutrition in English hospitals, the Tories claimed today.

Calm down! If we say you're too old, you won't get cover

Insurers and lenders have been accused of penalising older people by imposing unfair age limits.

Burnham's warning on cost of caring for the old

Forcing people to pay in advance is only way to ensure peace of mind, minister says

Burnham seeks new consensus on elderly care

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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