UK Pensions Headlines

Longer lifespans strain company pension schemes

Britain's biggest companies may have to pay more into their staff pension schemes as their employees live longer and as low interest rates erode investment returns, pension consultants Mercer said on Monday.

Pension talks stall as headteachers agree ballot

A headteachers' union said on Thursday it will hold the first ever strike ballot in its 114-year history in a row over public-sector pensions as talks between union chiefs and ministers aimed at averting a national stoppage ended in deadlock.

Unions plan mass strikes over pension reform

Millions of public sector workers plan strikes and rallies nationwide in November over public-sector pensions, union leaders said on Wednesday, adding to pressure on a government struggling with rising unemployment and weak growth.

Stable pension prices spur new deals

Pension transfer prices remain stable despite volatility in wider financial markets following the sovereign debt crisis, said benefits consultant Mercer, as two pension insurance deals closed on Monday totaling 1.73 billion pounds.

Even great parents get the "evil eye" on hols

Bawling children on holiday is a traveller's nightmare -- even when the little darlings are your own -- causing one in five parents to wish they hadn't ventured out the front door, a survey by Gatwick Airport in London showed this week.

Unions agree to more talks on pension reform

Union leaders will hold more talks with the government on proposed pension reforms that led to hundreds of thousands of workers going on strike last month, the Trades Union Congress said on Tuesday.

Pension trustees should query Murdoch vote - Pirc

Pension schemes should challenge their fund managers who voted in favour of James Murdoch's appointment as chairman of satellite television broadcaster BSkyB in 2008, shareholder advisory firm Pirc said on Tuesday.

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