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Life & Pensions

The taxing problem of pensions and divorce »
You could be forgiven for thinking that the UK legal system is preoccupied with divorce. The newspapers feed us an endless supply of rather sordid stories of financial settlements involving all sorts of wealthy (before they started proceedings) people from all walks of life and, increasingly all sorts of nationalities. This is not real life as most of us know it.
Financial Advice Market Review Final Report »
On 14 March, the Treasury and FCA published their final report on the Financial Advice Market Review (FAMR), including some 28 recommendations for possible action.
Insurance Apps »
It is projected that next year there will be more than 250 billion app downloads worldwide. Luke Holloway takes a look at how the insurance industry is capitalising on this ever-expanding distribution channel.
Accelerated learning and memory techniques »
In this Insurance Institute of London revision lecture, Rob Murray, ACII, Partner, Lane Clark & Peacock and General Insurance Actuary of the Year 2012, outlined, with practical examples, a number of different memory techniques to assist students when preparing for exams or wider business or personal situations.
Sian Fisher CII CEO »
The CII's new CEO Sian Fisher talks about the role and shares some of her early observations and comments on the likely future direction for the institute.
My PFS - Technical news - 01/03/16 »
Personal Finance Society news update from 17 February to 1 March 2016 on taxation, retirement planning, and investments.
Changing behaviour, changing attitudes »
Changing the way you and your team do things is not just about learning new skills but about adapting and changing behaviours. In this half hour CPD video we look at how to drive cultural and behavioural change with specialist Katrina Rafferty.
The overseas pensioner »
Individuals entitled to a UK State Pension who decide to retire abroad should consider the potential impact this might have on their State Pension.
The current State Pension scheme - Basic State Pension (BSP) »
The "Current State Pension Scheme" refers to the following, non means-tested elements, of the State Retirement provision:
State Pension Age »
An individual cannot draw their State Pension until they have attained State Pension Age (SPA). SPA will also impact upon entitlement for Pension Credit, irrespective of the claimant's gender; with the Guaranteed Credit payable from the female SPA where earlier than the male SPA with the Savings Credit payable from the male SPA.
State Pension Credit »
The State Pension Credit was introduced from 6 October 2003 following on from the Minimum Income Guarantee (MIG) that was introduced in April 1999 as one of the measures in the government's Green Paper 'A new contract for welfare: Partnership in Pensions'. According to the then Labour Government the MIG would '…. provide a new standard of decency in retirement and a new benchmark for security'. 
Single-tier state pension »
The Single-tier State Pension (StSP), was introduced for all those attaining their State Pension Age (SPA) on or after 6 April 2016, which rather confusingly the DWP is refers to as A-Day, or the Appointed Day. For those individuals it will replace the Current State Pension scheme; i.e. Basic State Pension (BSP), Graduated Retirement Benefit (GRB), State Earnings Related Pensions (SERPS) and State Second Pension (S2P). All individuals will be notified of their accrued entitlement as at 5 April 2016, this is referred to as their "Foundation Amount". It is the higher of their current entitlement calculated both under the pre 6 April 2016 rules and also under the new rules. All future entitlement under the new rules will be added to the Foundation Amount.
The current State Pension scheme - additional State Pension »
The "Current State Pension Scheme" refers to the following, non means-tested elements, of the State Retirement provision:
The current State Pension scheme - Graduated Retirement Benefit (GRB) »
The "current State Pension Scheme" refers to the following, non means-tested elements, of the State Retirement provision:
The current State Pension Scheme - State Earnings Related Pensions (SERPS) »
The "Current State Pension Scheme" refers to the following, non means-tested elements, of the State Retirement provision:

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