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Now more than ever we need to remember why universal benefits are important

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

How the media love discourses of intergenerational conflict

I have found myself Dr Angry over the last two days.  I mean Dr Really Angry.  It started with the amount of airtime given to a new outfit, The Intergenerational Foundation, which describes itself as having been established to research ‘fairness’ between current and future generations in the UK.  They published a report that suggests … Continue reading

Long term financial consequences of divorce – an issue that is not going away

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

Pension Saving: What’s the Message?

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

Employers should offer the over 65s the same benefits as other employees

The government, in drafting age discrimination equality legislation, decided that employers could legitimately refuse to provide insured benefits, like medical insurance, life cover, and salary protection, to the over 65s, creating substantial differentials in salary if you include perks, as well as leaving over 65s much more exposed to risk.  Employers provide these benefits, but … Continue reading

Government is Consulting on the Abolition of the Equality Act

To everyone’s very great surprise, the government has included the Equality Act in its “red tape” consultation for abolition, as if somehow the right not to be unlawfully discriminated against is simply a bureaucratic inconvenience for employers. It is extraordinary that this crucial Act has been included in this consultation. The importance of a strong … Continue reading

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