BT pension scheme option: should I opt to take a higher rate now?

BT is offering me a higher pension now in return for lower increases in future. How do I get the best advice on what to do?I am a pensioner and my former employer, BT, has offered me a higher pension in exchange for receiving lower pension increases in the future. I have never heard of […]
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Car insurance: one bump and your old car could be on the scrapheap

When Lesley Hall claimed for minor damage to her old Toyota Corolla, her insurers said her car was a write-off and offered £40Drivers of older cars are being advised to think carefully before they are tempted to claim on their car insurance following a minor bump. The warning comes after one London motorist had her […]
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Breath tests targeting smoking in pregnancy backed by midwives

Royal College of Midwives makes U-turn, backing guidelines recommending women be asked to take test for smokingNHS guidelines recommending pregnant women be asked to take breath tests to prove if they smoke have been backed by midwives.The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) had previously criticised the idea because they could make women feel guilty. GPs […]
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British Gas customers whose ‘special’ tariff cost £800 more

Many British Gas customers on a heavily promoted fixed-price deal would have done better on the standard tariffThousands of British Gas customers who signed up for one of its fixed-price tariffs two years ago have, in effect, been overpaying for their gas and electricity since then, it has been claimed. In some cases they have […]
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Council workers offered first pay rise in three years

Local authorities say spending cuts mean 1% rise is all they can offer as unions press for ‘substantial’ increaseMore than 1 million council workers have been offered their first pay rise in three years, with a proposed increase of 1%.Local authority employers said the offer to workers in Wales, England and Northern Ireland was the […]
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Michael Gove to unveil A-level alternative – the ‘tech bacc’

Technical baccalaureate will be ‘a mark of achievement’ aimed at the 50% of school-leavers who do not go on to universityA new structure for vocational educations that ministers boast will be “on a par” with A-levels will be unveiled by the government on Monday, bundling together new and existing qualifications to form a “tech bacc” […]
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Afghan interpreters could be offered relocation to Britain

David Cameron expected to make decision on Tuesday affecting up to 1,100 who risked lives helping UK forces in AfghanistanHundreds of Afghan interpreters who have risked their lives working with UK forces in Helmand province could be offered relocation to Britain this week when David Cameron reviews the issue at a meeting of the national […]
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David Miliband would shun shadow cabinet job, says brother Ed

Labour leader says former foreign secretary would have been unlikely to serve under him, in glimpse of strained relationshipEd Miliband believed “from the moment” he became Labour leader that his brother, David, was unlikely ever to wish to serve under him in the shadow cabinet.In a sign of the estrangement between the two brothers, which […]
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David Miliband would shun shadow cabinet job, says brother Ed

Labour leader says former foreign secretary would have been unlikely to serve under him, in glimpse of strained relationshipEd Miliband believed “from the moment” he became Labour leader that his brother, David, was unlikely ever to wish to serve under him in the shadow cabinet.In a sign of the estrangement between the two brothers, which […]
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