News John Lewis at Westfield shopping centre

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.

Ian Bell in the nets ahead of the Fourth Ashes Test against Australia at the MCG

Ian Bell on Ashes 2013-14: I don't think anyone expected the series to be over so quick, but we'll be back

Australia have out-played us in every department so far

Justin Bieber announces his retirement from music on Twitter - and this time it's 'official'

The pop star told 47 million beliebers he was 'officially' retiring

Tens of thousands of benefit claimants not paid after Department for Work and Pensions 'error'

Over 32,000 people have not received benefit payments in time for Christmas due to an “administrative error” at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

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The best sporting quotes of 2013 - November and December

Words of wisdom from the past 12 months

The best sporting quotes of 2013 - September and October

Words of wisdom from the past 12 months

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The best sporting quotes of 2013 - June, July and August

Words of wisdom from the past 12 months

The best sporting quotes of 2013 - April and May

Words of wisdom from the past 12 months

The best sporting quotes of 2013 - January, February and March

Words of wisdom from the past 12 months

Kevin Pietersen of England leaves the field after being dismissed by Nathan Lyon of Australia during day four of the Third Ashes Test Match

Ashes 2013-14: Kevin Pietersen has 'less than zero interest' in Graeme Swann's remark about people being 'up their own backsides'

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I was born in the 60s or 70s. Have my pension hopes been crushed?

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Children of '60s and '70s will be worse off than their parents when they retire

Only those who get an inheritance will enjoy better living standards

John C. Beale was the EPA's highest paid employee

Senior US climate change adviser avoided work by pretending to be a CIA agent

John C. Beale also claimed thousands of dollars from the US Government for first class plane tickets and limo rides

Firefighters are to strike on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve

Fire crews plan more strikes over Christmas

Firefighters are to strike on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and launch a ban on overtime in an escalation of their long-running dispute with the Government over pensions.

Those buying a retirement income are in danger of losing out through poor advice

Pensions row puts pressure on annuity companies

Those buying a retirement income are in danger of losing out through poor advice

Unemployed told to leave Ireland in desperate move to slash welfare costs

Ireland is asking its citizens to leave the country if they can't find a job in a desperate bid to slash welfare costs.

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