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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.

Dr Heather Wood and Cynthia Bower

CQC storm: ‘Bullying culture’ may mean care scandals go undetected

A former inspector of the Care Quality Commission has described how criticism was quashed and ‘good people’ were forced to shut up or quit

Cynthia Bower, former chief executive of the Care Quality Commission

CQC storm: ‘I can’t believe what your people have been doing. Bloody hell’

As the revelations about the alleged CQC cover-up emerge, Emily Dugan visits its call centre

Outgoing Diageo boss Paul Walsh off in direction of Compass

Paul Walsh confirmed his move to swap booze for food today, with the outgoing Diageo boss becoming catering giant Compass Group’s new chairman. Mr Walsh, who will be replaced at Diageo by Ivan Menezes in July after more than 12 years at the helm of the maker of Guinness and Tanqueray gin, will join Compass as a non-executive director next January and will become chairman on 6 February.

James Moore: Bt's Ian Livingston times exit well while the going is good

Outlook One of the key skills for a chief executive is getting the timing of your departure right. Ideally, you want to ensure a successor has six months in the job with a couple of decent trading statements before any serious problems emerge.

Shane Williams salutes the Lions' crowd after the successful third Test on the 2009 tour of South Africa

British and Irish Lions 2013: Shock call-up for Shane Williams

The British and Irish Lions have drafted former Wales wing Shane Williams into their team for Tuesday's clash against the Brumbies in Canberra.

An elderly couple take a quite moment near the peak of Chopok mountain in Low Tatra mountains

Expats call for fairer pension payouts

Half of pensioners abroad have had their pension frozen. That’s not right, they say

Baines has been singled out as the club's top performing player and the one Martinez would least like to have to sell

Roberto Martinez: We must keep Leighton Baines, for the future of Everton

Baines has been singled out as the club's top performing player and the one Martinez would least like to have to sell

Liverpool and Tottenham 'target' Toby Alderweireld keen on switch to Premier League

The Ajax defender has been linked with a few clubs

Labour's shadow chancellor, Ed Balls

Ed Balls: Labour would cap state pension if it returned to power

Shadow chancellor sets challenge to George Osborne, who is due to announce a cap on the welfare bill this month

'People start saving too late, save too little and expect too much'

You'll need £220,000 for a minimum wage in your retirement

Britain's pensioners face a bleak future because their savings are insufficient to avoid life on the breadline in their old age, Julian Knight reveals

Craig Bellamy celebrates Cardiff's promotion to the Premier League

Craig Bellamy set to retire from international duty with Wales

The Cardiff City striker admits he's unlikely to be around after current qualification process

David Haye’s June fight was called off because of injury

Steve Bunce on Boxing: David Haye v Tyson Fury - it all makes perfect sense for both fighters

This is a chronicle of a fight foretold, a fight made at a time when nobody wants to freely admit too much about the David Haye and Tyson Fury showdown.

Sir David Attenborough who is set to undergo surgery to insert a pacemaker

Sir David Attenborough, 86, still his 'lively self' following urgent heart surgery

Veteran BBC broadcaster Sir David Attenborough underwent successful heart surgery to fit a pacemaker in London today.

Problem debt among older people is leading to huge jump in marriage breakdowns

Older people are facing serious debt problems which are leading to twice as many marriages breaking down, new research published today reveals.

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