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Welfare Reform on the Web (August 2009): Pensions - UK

Chipping away at the NHS's golden wonder

S. Gainsbury

Health Service Journal, July 9th 2009, p.12-13

The NHS's 'gold-plated' pension scheme is under attack for swallowing up 10% of the health service's budget and for being inaccessible to staff of external service providers working under contract. The latter problem is growing as more services are outsourced and staff are transferred.

'Raise state pension age to 70'

M. Butterworth

Daily Telegraph, July 3rd 2009, p. 2

Lord Turner, author of an influential report on pensions, has called for the retirement age to be raised to 70 by 2030. He also suggested that public sector workers should be moved from final salary pension schemes to cheaper average salary schemes to ensure the sustainability of the system.

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