Finance Bill given advance warning

The draft version of the Finance Bill 2011 has been published three months ahead of the laws coming into effect.

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Pension savers to get more freedom over their retirement money

Pension legislation that forms part of the draft 2011 Finance Bill will give pension savers a greater degree of control over how they use their retirement pots.

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Private pensions may be hit by new inflation plans

The government has launched a consultation on the rules governing how private pensions are safeguarded against inflation.

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Inflation nags away at savings

The latest rise in inflation will make life even more difficult for savers who are trying to find an account that gives them a real return on their money.

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Private pensions may see switch in indexation

The government has opened the way for private sector pension schemes to change the way that savings are protected against inflation.

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Pension plans could prove costly

The new automatic enrolment pension scheme, which is due to be phased in from 2012, could prove expensive for smaller firms, it has been claimed.

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Reform the tax system, urges review

The government should consider a broad reform of the UK tax system, including an extension of the number to goods on which VAT is charged, a think tank has argued.

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Drop in private sector pension scheme membership

Last year saw a fall to 8.7 million in the number of employees contributing to workplace pension schemes.

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