On the day that the Tory-LibDem Alliance have passed a bill that paves the way for the marketisation of health, I think it’s important to reflect on why universal benefits are so important if we want to see solidarity among our citizens and between generations. More than two years ago, I was invited by Jean … Continue reading
I presented a paper last week at the Child and Family Law Quarterly Seminar, entitled ‘UK Pension Reform: Implications for Family Law’. It meant looking up the latest stats, as well as collating some of our research on poverty in later life, and thinking about where we have got to on this issue, which affects … Continue reading
Henry Tapper, in his recent blog post: ‘If you write as good as you talk – no one reads you’ suggests that there’s no use in any pensions/expert/guru/bore banging on whether in magazines or on blogs or conferences if nobody’s reading/listening. He’s set himself a challenge to produce material that is ‘relevant, stimulating and fun and … Continue reading
A lot of people are wondering how the government has arrived at the figure of £140 a week for the proposed new state pension. The justification I have heard (from a number of sources) for the apparently thumb-sucked figure is to ensure it is just above the Guarantee Credit ‘poverty line’, which is currently £137.35 … Continue reading
Attending the HC Work and Pensions Committee yesterday to discuss the new proposed single tier pension as suggested in the Green Paper, “A State Pension for the 21st Century”, one idea was repeatedly raised by the MPs – what to say to constituents who say that they contributed all their lives to National Insurance, only … Continue reading
Almost a million older people are materially and socially deprived on four or more essential items. Surely as a society we can do better.