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Welfare Reform on the Web (July 2005): Pensions - UK

'But some are more equal than others': the Equal Treatment Directives and equalising the state pension age

B. Birmingham

Pensions, vol.10, 2005, p.262-274

Paper outlines developments in the application of EU legislative provisions to the adoption of a principle of equal treatment of men and women in UK state and non-state pensions. It identifies many of the principal judgements of the European Court of Justice, the UK courts and the Social Security Commissioners that removed unequal treatment in pension provision.

Challenging the new pensions regulator. Part 1. The statutory regime

N. Heaton and L. Miranda

Pensions, vol.10, 2005, p.212-220

A new regulator replaced the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority in April 2005. Paper considers what rights are provided by the Pensions Act 2004 for those concerned to make representations before decisions are made by the regulator and to challenge them afterwards.

Live long and prosper

P. Robinson

Public Servant, issue 27, May 20th 2005, p.12

Argues that in its third term the Labour government will push ahead with plans to raise the retirement age for public sector workers from 60 to 65. If the normal retirement age is not raised, government fears it will face unsustainable bills for public sector pension provision. It is also inequitable for public sector workers to retire at 60 while private sector workers have to carry on to 65.

Uncertainty, trust and pensions: the case of the current UK reforms

P. Taylor-Gooby

Social Policy and Administration, vol.39, 2005, p.217-232

Results of the 2002 British Social Attitudes Survey (BSA) suggested that overall trust in pension provision is very low, especially among the middle classes. Focus groups were used to explore in more detail factors underlying trust and mistrust among the different groups included. Results showed that working class people, especially women, tend to trust state provision, but in a mood of weary and resigned acceptance due to a lack of realistic alternatives. Middle class people mistrust both state and private pensions, but have confidence in their ability to manage investments to secure an income in old age.

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