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While a lot of people are breathing a sigh of relief at the lack of pension reform in the Budget I think we do know a little more of where we stand and that is resoundingly in the middle.

Looking at the UK’s first State Pension Age review...

I was writing an article the other day in which I made the point that, with the changing demographics in the UK, one of the Government’s main tools for controlling costs and behaviour is the State Pension Age (SPA).

A pretty solid pension’s day was had earlier this month, with an eloquent debate in the House of Commons about equalisation of state pension ages.

I was at my daughter’s birthday party last Sunday afternoon doing that bit where you hang around while all the kids have fun.

In an alternative world to the UK Budget, The European Insurance and Occupational Pension Authority published a consultation paper on the creation of a standardised Pan-European Personal Pension product on 3 July.

A couple of Saturdays ago, and in a break from having a full weekend, I was asked to speak at the Retirement Money Show in London. 

We live in an instantaneous world – if I go on Amazon I can have my purchase with me the next day, banking can be done at the click of a mouse and bills can be paid without even getting up in the morning.

Much of my last 12 months has been spent touring the UK, talking to advisers about pension freedoms. Whilst I still have a few sessions to go, I’d like to share a few interesting findings with you.

So, Budget 2015 brought us another change to the lifetime allowance (LTA), with the proposal to reduce it from £1.25 million to £1 million. This now seems to be the pension policy of choice for at least two of the main political parties.

Sometimes you spot something a bit left field that makes you wonder about the wider implications and whether trouble is just over the horizon.

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