Financial Times, Jan. 4th 2000, p.15
Argues that trends towards early retirement need to be reversed by raising official retirement ages in line with rising life expectancies, by making the labour market more flexible to absorb older workers at lower wages, by the encouragement of retraining, by the promotion of private savings and by the elimination of incentives to retire early.
Financial Times, Jan. 10th 2000, p.1
Revised plans for stakeholder pensions provide:
Fiscal Studies, vol. 20, 1999, p.409-421
The UK government has recently proposed radical changes in second-tier pension provision, with the existing SERPS being replaced by a new State Second Pension (SSP). Paper describes how the new scheme differs from its predecessor and calculates the distributional effects of the reform. Analysis shows that, because the new scheme will be partially flat-rate, low earners will receive significantly higher pensions than they would have got from SERPS. However, because the scheme will be financed from National Insurance Contributions, the burden of paying for the SSP will be heaviest for people with an income at the upper earnings limit.
Financial Times, Jan. 28th 2000, p.3
Warns that the growing shift to money purchase occupational pension schemes, which the government's new stakeholder pension may accelerate, risks leaving people with very low retirement incomes if ill-health stops them from working. It may be necessary to introduce compulsory insurance against sickness and incapacity.
Financial Times, Jan. 26th 2000, p.3
A survey of 150 organisations found that half believed that the introduction of low-cost stakeholder pensions would make it less likely that employers would want to offer occupational pensions. Almost three-quarters believed the governments proposals would accelerate the trend by employers to switch to money purchase provision and away from final salary schemes.
N. Timmins and A. Bolyer
Financial Times, Jan. 12th 2000, p.1
Nine of the UK's top 10 life insurance companies and some key retail banks have decided to offer stakeholder pensions in spite of strong industry criticism of the scheme.