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.

Radio presenter Charlotte Green

Charlotte Green chosen as first female voice of BBC football results

A further bastion of male dominance has fallen after the BBC announced that Charlotte Green will become the first female voice to read the classified football results at 5pm on Saturday afternoons.

David Cameron created 30 new peers last week

The price of a stamp can stop peerages for donors

We need state funding of political parties

When the Heseltine family were moving home in 1973, people could look forward to decades of house price rises

Julian Knight: Home truth is your house may not be much of a pension

People may be disappointed if they bank on the equity value of property to finance retirement

Retired renters increasingly stepping off the property ladder

More than 40% of retired renters are former property owners and pay £423 a month in rent on average

Kenny Sansom pictured playing for England in 1986

Arsenal vow to continue supporting former England full-back Kenny Sansom

The 54-year-old is homeless and battling alcoholism

As many as 1.2 million people in the UK over 55 are gay

The only gay (retirement home) in the village

At the Rainbow retirement village in France, residents will enjoy something perhaps for the first time: majority status. The development near Montpellier will be the country’s first such home for the lesbian, gay and transgender community.

Bank of Mum and Dad pays out £2 billion to fund their children's property dreams

1 in 5 parents say they are using their own retirement savings to fund children’s deposits

The Future State Of Welfare With John Humphrys breached guidelines

BBC welfare state documentary presented by John Humphrys breached guidelines

A BBC documentary on the welfare state presented by John Humphrys breached guidelines on impartiality and accuracy, the BBC Trust's editorial standards committee has ruled.

Carl Froch celebrates his victory over Mikkel Kessler, in which George Groves was also victorious on the undercard

Boxing: Carl Froch will fight George Groves in all-British superfight

Froch's IBF and WBO super middleweight titles will be on the line when the two meet at the end of 2013

Apathy over pensions ‘will lead to huge future bills’

Britain is at a pension crossroads which could leave businesses facing a massive bill in the future.

Portfolio: Michael Whelan

Erb, says Michael Whelan, is quite the bocha player. The American invited the Scot to be his team-mate for a game – which is similar to lawn bowls – at his retirement village in Phoenix. "He's 90-something," reveals Whelan, "and he still had a killer arm on him."

Elected police chiefs 'a law unto themselves'

Elected police leaders can easily sack chief constables and avoid scrutiny for their decisions because of the threat of an embarrassing public row, say MPs.

The Red Arrows fly over Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games

Olympics legacy: A fortnight of positive attitudes is not enough

The Paralympics were a breakthrough moment. They were a great opportunity to think about disability in a different way and for disabled people to be much more visible.

Number of long-term jobless hits 20-year high – and most haven’t worked for two years

Figures reveal nearly a million people have been out of work for more than a year

Phillippa Williamson stepped down as SFO chief executive in 2012

Revealed: Serious Fraud Office chief who worked at home spent £100,000 on travel costs

Phillippa Williamson was allowed to run up bill in deal criticised as ‘quite astounding’ by MPs

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