Pensions

It’s time to be realistic about benefits. Wealthy pensioners need to be able to decline theirs

24 August 2013 11:00

Universal pensioner benefits like the Winter Fuel Allowance (WFA) cost the Exchequer over £8 billion a year. This is not…

Abandon all hope: the average voter thinks one in four Britons is a muslim

9 July 2013 12:29

Last month I wrote a post arguing that an awful lot of opinion polling is worthless. The public mood matters…

Wriggle room welfare – 6 AME ‘cap’ observations

27 June 2013 15:53

The savings-hungry government has set its sights on welfare-related Annually Managed Expenditure (AME). At £183bn a year – it’s over…

To be upfront about Labour's plans for borrowing, Ed Balls would have to make a complex argument about 'good' and 'bad' borrowing. Picture: Getty

Ed Balls: Labour will include pensions in its welfare cap

9 June 2013 11:40

Ed Balls has just told Andrew Neil on the Sunday Politics that Labour will include pensions in their welfare cap.…

Briefing: Simplifying the state pension

14 January 2013 18:11

There certainly seems to be something to be said for keeping an effective minister in the same post. After two…

The government's pension reforms will end the penalty for stay-at-home mothers. Picture: Getty

Ministers hope pension reforms will calm concerns about stay-at-home mothers

14 January 2013 13:41

Today’s pensions announcement contains an attempt by strategists to reassure those who worry that the government is abandoning the family.…

Danny Alexander's call for the abolition of higher-rate relief on pension contributions has received the backing of the Centre for Policy Studies. Picture: Getty

Thatcher’s favourite think tank backs Danny Alexander

26 November 2012 18:50

In the run-up to the Budget in March, Danny Alexander was pushing for the abolition of higher-rate relief on pension…

George Osborne, balancing the budget on the backs of the rich

20 November 2012 12:36

George Osborne has a dilemma to answer in his autumn statement (which must be finalised by 28 November, when it…

Ageing Britain needs more immigration

12 July 2012 18:30

Some generalisations hold good. Young people, for instance, tend to be less hostile to immigration than their elders. This speaks…

The doctors’ strike

30 May 2012 19:15

No public sector strike is easy to sell to the public. I recently did a stint of jury service and…

Metaphorical Merv

16 May 2012 17:56

Mervyn King unfurled a mast of metaphors this morning. ‘We are navigating through turbulent waters, with the risk of a…

Mervyn’s mini mea culpa

3 May 2012 17:34

The newspapers and internet today are full of headlines about Mervyn King admitting the Bank of England was ‘late to…

QE comes to the fore

18 April 2012 9:16

It’s roughly seven months until George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, so no better time to consider which political issues will come…

Previewing my Week in Westminster

24 March 2012 9:05

I’m presenting Week in Westminster at 11am on Radio Four today, and get to choose four topics for discussion. My…

Another voice: Pensioners ought to contribute more

22 March 2012 18:09

The pensioner lobby has been predictably and tiresomely strident about George Osborne’s ‘granny tax’. Ros Altmann, Director-General of Saga, called…

Yes to new roads, no to a pensions raid

19 March 2012 17:04

New roads in Britain are badly-needed, but who should bear the costs? Motorists, says David Cameron — and his speech…

Right to reply: Why QE isn’t a disaster for pensioners

15 March 2012 14:08

The best of all possible worlds for the pension industry is a buoyant economy. Workers have enough money to save,…

May’s quiet revolution

3 March 2012 16:55

Do you remember the great parliamentary battle over privatisation of police services? Me neither, which is why Theresa May, the…

Unions hit government on pension changes

5 January 2012 17:52

The coalition’s plan to leave the Public and Commercial Services Union isolated in its opposition to the proposed changes to…

An early Christmas present for the coalition

20 December 2011 14:24

It has only taken several months of bitter negotiation and a national strike to get here, but a deal between…