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Will new low-cost loans finally help you to buy your first home?

By Sam Dunn PUBLISHED: 14:34 EST, 8 October 2013 | UPDATED: 03:14 EST, 9 October 2013 The starting pistol has been fired on a race for cheap mortgages for first-time buyers and movers. Yesterday, the Government launched the latest phase of its Help to Buy scheme, which guarantees loans for buyers with small deposits. Ministers […]

Middle-waged to get burned in retirement

Pensions minister Steve Webb warned this week that up to 12 million people will face a shortfall in their pensions despite the introduction of automatic enrolment. Crucially, he pointed out that middle-income workers are just as likely to be hit as low-paid ones. “Under-saving is far from being the exclusive preserve of low earners,” Mr […]

Fifth of workers say they will never be able to afford to retire

Nearly one in five workers in Britain is resigned to the fact that they will have to toil away for a lifetime. Survey findings published today paint a particularly bleak picture for those people living alone in retirement, with 36 per cent of people who are divorced or separated being expected to work indefinitely. HSBC’s […]

Helping employers select quality pension schemes

Ref: PN13-29Thursday 1 August 2013 The Pensions Regulator has today launched a suite of new guides to help employers with limited pensions experience to select a good quality scheme for automatic enrolment. An employer’s guide to selecting a good quality pension scheme for automatic enrolment helps employers evaluate whether a scheme is well run, offers […]

Regulator appoints Stephen Soper as interim chief executive

Ref: PN13-30Thursday 1 August 2013 The Pensions Regulator has today announced the appointment of Stephen Soper as its interim chief executive, with effect from 1 August. Mr Soper, who is currently executive director of defined benefit regulation, will take charge of the regulator until a permanent replacement is found for Bill Galvin, who left his […]