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

James Moore: Is this a ray of light in the appalling mess of the British pension system?

Outlook So auto-enrolment into company pension schemes is here, although not immediately and there's a lot of phasing in to be done to get employers used to the idea. All the same, it is a pension reform idea with a dab more credibility than the carefully leaked, headline-grabbing figure of £140 for the basic state offering, which no one really believes will be affordable by the Coalition in this Parliament, if ever.

David Prosser: Pension plan is nothing more than hot air

Outlook So after all the nasties, those public sector jobs, the removal of child benefit from anyone earning top-rate tax (even if they're not that rich) and the rest, it's time to throw the public a bone or two. Step forward the Pensions minister, Steve Webb, with a bold (and carefully leaked) plan to bring in a flat-rate state pension of £140 for all... well, at least those with sufficient time as residents of this country to have paid a decent amount of tax and NI.

'Decent' state pension could be £140 a week

The state pension could be increased to about £140 a week under Government plans to ensure everybody has a "decent" income in retirement.

Child poverty 'will rise as cuts hit families'

The row over the Government's "progressive" credentials and the fairness of the emergency Budget is blown open today with new research from the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Quarter of population over 65 by 2031

Almost a quarter of the UK population will be aged over 65 in 20 years' time, rising to over 40 per cent in some areas of the country, government figures revealed today.

Letters: The limits of multiculturalism

A good look at our society

David Prosser: Counting the cost of pensions reform

Outlook In announcing that final salary pension schemes will soon be allowed to increase pensions in line with the consumer price index (CPI) rather than the retail price index (RPI), the Pensions minister, Steve Webb, yesterday insisted that the former was a more realistic measure of the actual inflation experiences of pensioners. Maybe, maybe not, but let's not pretend this announcement has anything to do with that – the objective of this change to the rules is to ease the pension funding pressures on employers.

Simon Hughes set to become deputy leader of Lib Dems

Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat left-winger, was on course last night to become the party's deputy leader.

Danny Alexander: strait-laced loyalist who played a key role in coalition negotiations

Danny Alexander is rewarded for his commitment

Alexander faces tough task as he is named new Chief Secretary

He has already had an election, a birthday, a new baby and a promotion to the Cabinet this month, but things are showing no signs of slowing down.

Tories grab monopoly of posts in the Home Office

Tories have secured all the key posts in the Home Office in a signal that David Cameron is determined not to give ground to his Liberal Democrat partners over law and order and immigration. The day after Theresa May was appointed Home Secretary, it was announced that her three most senior ministers would also be Conservatives. Nick Herbert became the Police minister, Damian Green the Immigration minister and Baroness Neville-Jones the Security minister.

Voters deserve 'stable government' says Clegg

Voters deserve a "good, stable government", Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said today as he pledged to approach cross-party talks in a "constructive spirit".

Steve Webb: You Ask The Questions

The Lib Dem spokesman on Work and Pensions answers your questions, such as 'Aren't you having it both ways on the deficit?' and 'Isn't Clegg really a Tory?'

Clegg tries to pacify his party over talk of pact with Cameron

Leader says 'I am not the kingmaker' as he backtracks from praise for Thatcher at party's spring conference and attempts to deflect talk of a hung parliament. Political Editor Jane Merrick reports

Benefit rises our duty, not electioneering says Brown

Gordon Brown today denied electioneering over the Pre-Budget Report, saying that benefits and pensions would continue to rise.

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