The Autumn Statement and Spending Review were far too interventionist.
Posts Tagged: Pensions and retirement
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.
Capped care home fees. Better help for rape victims. 15 hours free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds. Reduced number of pension qualifying years for women. And more.
Ryan Bourne: The second urgent election issue on which the parties are silent. Where will they make most of their cuts?
It seems that during the campaign both parties will be specific on many small items but less specific on big cuts.
It is a costly fiscal transfer from the broad body of taxpayers to the rich and old.
Labour plans new taxes on your family home and your pension – and he and Balls would like to tax death too.
Three of his priorities are jobs, housing and retirement. Our three are homes, jobs and savings.