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Pensions, savings and investments

Small firms should be exempt from pension proposals

The very smallest employers should be exempt from the automatic enrolment pension scheme that is due to come into effect in 2012.

Planned rise in state pension age 'premature'

Proposals to increase the state retirement age for men in 2016 have been described as too hasty by the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF).

Compulsory retirement age to be retired

The government is proposing to scrap the default retirement age of 65 by October 2011.

Savers not being told about interest rate changes

Many banks and building societies are failing to keep savers properly informed about changes to the interest rates on their accounts, comsumer group Which? has claimed.

Government publishes a raft of tax consultations

The Treasury has issued nine consultation papers on various aspects of the personal and business tax system in what amounts to a far-reaching overhaul of the entire regime.

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