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John Lewis has decided against closing its final salary pension scheme, leaving it as one of the only retailers in the country that still offers new staff the gold-plated retirement payouts more commonly associated with politicians and civil servants.

Iain Duncan Smith says Council of Europe's criticism of UK benefits system is ‘lunacy’

The UK’s benefits and state pension are too low, the Council of Europe said yesterday – a claim that Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith dismissed as “lunacy”.

CM Punk 'quits the WWE' only weeks before Wrestlemania 30

Wrestler reportedly said he is 'going home'

West Bromwich Albion's French striker Nicolas Anelka gestures as he celebrates scoring their second goal against West Ham United

Nicolas Anelka insists he is happy at West Brom and that he did nothing wrong with his 'quenelle' gesture amid Lazio interest

Anelka has been charged by the FA and could face a minimum five-match ban if found guilty

Top firms ‘lack pension transparency’

GlaxoSmithKline, Tata and Rolls Royce have been warned to improve their corporate social responsibility.

A tale from Ireland that will stir the blood – even make it boil

The  story of a primary-school teacher, Margaret Skinnider, who was shot and wounded during the Easter 1916 uprising, has rightly caught the eye of Dublin journalists

Warning over climbdown on pension fees

Savers will be offered pensions “with expensive, and confusing fees”, following a dramatic climbdown by the pensions minister, Steve Webb, over charges.

Simon Read: What made the minister change his mind about the retired Britons with frozen pensions?

Regular readers will recall my articles about overseas pensioners and the anger felt by around half a million of them who have had their state pensions frozen.

Vicars' retirement savings in jeopardy, says pension expert

A vicars' pension scheme could be facing a precarious future unless church chiefs face up to a potential massive deficit.

George Osborne will consider a plan to raise the minimum contribution rate for private sector pension schemes

George Osborne mulls plan to ask workers to pay more into their pensions to plug 'massive hole'

Workers could be asked to put a bigger slice of their income into their pension scheme under plans being considered by the Conservative Party.

Rise in ‘funeral poverty’ means more than 100,000 in UK cannot afford to die

Damning study says there is a lack of support to help Britain’s poorest pay for funerals

Moya Greene in red at the London Stock Exchange in October 2013; Moya Greene's £1.5m earnings were modest compared to those of other FTSE 100 bosses

Why the residents of Benefits Street and Moya Greene, the Royal Mail chief executive worth upwards of £1.5m, are not so different after all

It's not just the poor who are subject to occasional feelings of entitlement

Elise Christie raises her arms in triumph after winning the European 1,000m final

Winter Olympics 2014: Jamaica all set for Cool Runnings II as bob team qualifies

It’s the story that spawned a Disney movie and, 26 years after Jamaica’s bobsleigh team appeared for the first time at the Calgary Olympics, we may finally be set for a sequel.

European migrants 'will be denied housing benefit if they are on job-seekers allowance'

People moving to this country from Europe who are unable to find work will be denied housing benefit, according to two senior Conservative cabinet members.

Transfer news: Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the Premier League, claims former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon

Ballon d'Or winner still has five years left on Real Madrid contract

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Australian Open 2014 - Comment: Competitors need compensation if injury means they miss start of a Grand Slam

A trend of players pulling out of first round matches is emerging

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