Saturday

Hollande first reform – make an unsustainable pension system even more so

Posting by French think tank here.

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Monday

The Singapore way

Instead of having national insurance, Singapore has compulsory saving. Rather frustratingly, they got this system from us. It now takes the form of payments into the Central Provident Fund. Employers and employees both pay into the accounts for each individual. … Continue reading

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Thursday

Compulsory saving the Singapore, Australian and Chilean way

I am the end of a trip taking nearly two weeks, visiting Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. The most notable interview I had in Singapore was with the deputy prime minister and minister of finance, Tharman  Shanmugaratnam. We talked about many … Continue reading

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Thursday

Interview in Sweden

      Here is an interview I did earlier this year in Sweden. http://www.axess.se/tv/program.aspx?id=2666

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Monday

Italian welfare – a curate’s egg

I have just returned from a visit to Italy where I spoke to quite a lot of interesting people about the welfare state there. I learned too much to put down a fraction of it here. But this, in ultra-brief, … Continue reading

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Care for the elderly, Education, Healthcare and the NHS, Housing, Parenting, Pensions, Tax and growth, Welfare benefits, Work on the new book
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Friday

But changes to the state pension may improve the incentives for the poor to save…

The government will make it “crystal clear” to young people that it “pays to save” for retirement when it reforms pensions, Iain Duncan Smith has said. The work and pensions secretary indicated a move towards a flat-rate state pension, removing … Continue reading

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Tuesday

They do things differently in Japan

Japan is quite a lot different from Western countries in its welfare state. That makes it interesting for comparison. This is a link to the latest report from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Pensions and here is the full … Continue reading

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Thursday

Going Dutch (or Danish)

The Dutch and Danish occupational pension schemes are going to be looked at by a commission looking into improving pensions in Britain. This is according to an article in The Times on February 1.  Unfortunately I cannot link to it … Continue reading

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Thursday

Where the money is being saved in welfare benefits and pensions

Which are the welfare measures that save the most money? I have taken a look at the table of savings from welfare changes. The most striking thing is how slowly they kick in. The saving in the next financial year … Continue reading

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Thursday

The section on welfare benefits and pensions in Osborne’s Comprehensive Spending Review

So in this Spending Review, while the HM Revenue and Customs budget will be expected to find resource savings of 15% through the better use of new technology, greater efficiency and better IT contracts – we will be spending £900 … Continue reading

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