It felt more like a pre-election than a post-election one – and was shot through by a sense of the Chancellor’s political mortality.
Posts Tagged: Pensions and retirement
The Chancellor should resist the temptation to ease the path to June’s referendum and further his leadership ambitions.
A large part of the reason for the Chancellor backing off is the interplay between the EU referendum and Tory MPs’ views.
The ‘ask’ of the WASPI campaign is astronomically expensive, and open to legal challenge on equality grounds by men. Better to be honest about it.
A social justice budget from the Chancellor in March would target incentives to save on those who need them more.
The Autumn Statement and Spending Review were far too interventionist.
Goodbye, Austerity Chancellor. Hello, leadership contender. The Autumn Statement was framed to please Conservative backbenchers rather than crafted to balance the books.
These proposals recommend a single, national rate of Government pension matching contribution for money purchase schemes.
The Chancellor should to turn National Insurance into a meaningful way people can save for their retirement.
In this final piece in our series on inter-generational fairness, the former Defence Secretary floats means testing at least some pensioner benefits.
As with other emerging technologies like self-driving cars, we ought think ahead twenty years and consider the implications.
We won’t complain if the Chancellor reduces the top rate further. But the trade-off should be fairer property and pensions taxation.
Ryan Bourne: When Clegg claimed over two in five families are vulnerable. And other thoughts on this election campaign
Plus: The OBR isn’t needed to audit manifestos. The SNP’s sleight-of-hand on austerity. A lack of debate on healthcare. And: don’t make promises you can’t keep.
The Chancellor’s instincts on pensions are right. He favours more freedom and responsibility, and has acted accordingly.
Growing national debt is a burden that young people and future generations shouldn’t be asked to bear. Governments have a moral responsibility to remove it.