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January 7, 2019 3:04 PM Italy warns Juncker over migrant ships near Malta

The Work and Pensions Minister of Italy reiterated co-Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini's message Italian ports will be shut for any more migrant ships travelling from Africa via the Mediterranean Sea. He claimed the two ships currently waiting to be accepted by a European member state should dock in Malta where the migrants can be seen from the coast 128

January 6, 2019 4:27 AM Universal credit: Vote to extend benefit to 3 million delayed

The next stage of the universal credit rollout appears to have been delayed amid concerns about the controversial new benefits system. MPs were due to vote on whether to move three million benefit claimants onto universal credit in the next few weeks. But this vote has been pushed back and Parliament will instead be asked to vote on transferring just 10,000 people 98

December 21, 2018 4:58 PM Beefeaters strike over 'unwarranted attack' on pensions

Members of two unions walk out for three hours at three London locations and further strike action is planned over Christmas. For the first time in 55 years, the legendary yeoman warders, commonly known as "beefeaters" staged a walkout over what union leaders called "an unwarranted attack on their pensions". Members of the Public and Commercial Services 101

December 12, 2018 12:01 AM Pensions boost for women as 200,000 more work full-time

WOMEN will be better off in retirement as more enter the workplace and qualify for employer pension schemes, figures reveal. There are now 207,000 more females in full-time employment than this time last year and 77,000 fewer working part-time, UK Labour Market statistics show. Pensions expert Helen Morrissey, of life insurers Royal London, said: "Such 43

December 9, 2018 12:01 AM SCRAP backstop and £39 billion! Brexiteer calls on May to IMMEDIATELY get new deal from EU

BREXITEER Esther McVey called on the Prime Minister to "immediately go back to Brussels" and negotiate a new Brexit deal or prepare to come out of the European Union without an agreement and a cheaper and renegotiated implementation period. Speaking to Sky's Sophy Ridge, the former Work and Pensions Secretary claimed Theresa May's Brexit deal will fail in the House 50

November 8, 2018 5:41 PM War widows pension fight: Minister's plea falls on deaf ears

DEFENCE Minister Tobias Ellwood yesterday revealed his department had pleaded the case for 300 war widows whose pensions had been confiscated - only to receive no response from the Treasury. But three years on the new law change has left around 300 families by the way-side, due to having already remarried before 2015. Currently, the only way the law reinstates 42

October 29, 2018 6:24 PM Budget 2018: Philip Hammond SILENT over workers’ pensions in speech

PHILIP Hammond remained noticeably silent on changes to workers’ pensions which were expected to be announced today, as the Chancellor delivered his Budget speech with no reference to Dutch-style pension schemes. Mr Hammond was expected to launch a consultation on collective defined contribution schemes, also known as Dutch-style pension schemes, with one MP hailing 50

October 15, 2018 7:54 PM REVEALED: How a no-deal Brexit could HARM pensioners

A NO-DEAL Brexit could have harmful effects on retired people, as it could make it illegal to pay out some pensions, financial experts have warned. Financial experts warned a Government committee of the disruption they believe could be caused by leaving the European Union without a deal. In the run-up to the key EU summit scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday 30

October 12, 2018 3:01 PM Brexiteer Bridgen predicts May could be ousted NEXT WEEK amid Chequers customs union row

LEADING Brexiteer Andrew Bridgen claimed Theresa May's time in power could be numbered as he revealed a number of Brexiteers have been invited to Number 10 next week. However, ministers including International Trade Secretary Liam Fox have voiced their disapproval already. Speculation is rife that there could be more resignations to add to those of Mr Johnson 41

September 21, 2018 10:04 AM Ex-BHS owner Dominic Chappell loses court appeal

Judge Christine Henson QC said after dismissing the appeal at Hove Crown court that she would now re-examine the £50,000 fine issued against Chappell for the three convictions. Chappell was convicted of three charges in January, after being found guilty of failing to disclose details to the pensions watchdog as part of its investigation into the collapse 80