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    1. March 2, 2012

      We need a welfare state that secures Beveridge’s legacy

      The government’s welfare reform bill completed its passage through Parliament this week. It has been hailed as the most...

    2. October 14, 2011

      UK gets sixth defence chief in six years

      Liam Fox’s departure from the Ministry of Defence means the department is getting its sixth secretary of state in just six...

    1. September 16, 2011

      Union would welcome honest debate on pensions

      From Mr Mark Serwotka. Sir, John Hutton has seemingly misunderstood his own report (“Hutton points out pension ‘mistake’ ”,...

    2. September 11, 2011

      Clarity and precision on all the pensions issues

      Pensions have never been far from the headlines in recent years – for good reasons. Well-publicised scandals over the misuse...

    3. June 29, 2011

      Pension rights

      Today will see the biggest public sector strike in the UK for some years. A 24-hour walkout by 750,000 workers may not be...

    4. March 10, 2011

      Public sector pensions must be reformed

      Following my independent commission’s nine-month review of public service pensions in Britain, one thing is clear – current...

    5. Westminster Blog

      February 4, 2011

      Another Labour figure joins Cameron's GOAT herd

      My colleague Nick Timmins passes on the information that Julian  Le Grand, the former health adviser to Tony Blair, is to...

    6. February 4, 2011

      UK creates task force to aid staff mutuals

      Julian Le Grand, former health adviser to Tony Blair, is to lead a task force aimed at helping public servants quit their...

    7. Westminster Blog

      January 13, 2011

      Adonis turns down government role

      I revealed in this morning’s FT that Andrew Adonis has turned down a post as the government’s fuel poverty tsar – the same...

    8. Westminster Blog

      December 14, 2010

      Bad day for Whitehall Mandarins: Part 2

      Jim has reported on the cool response from ministers to Sir Gus O’Donnell’s unsolicited paper on contingency measures if the...

    9. October 7, 2010

      Hutton’s approach to pricing pensions

      It has turned out to be good policy as well as good politics. In June, when the Con-Lib coalition asked John Hutton, a...

    10. October 7, 2010

      Public service pensions need urgent reform

      Public service pensions directly affect up to 12m people in the UK. They are a vital part of our national savings...

    11. September 14, 2010

      Cameron warned of pension cuts backlash

      David Cameron has been warned by his own trade union envoy that an assault on the principle of defined benefit pensions in...

    12. September 13, 2010

      BBC unions postpone strike over pensions

      Unions representing workers at the BBC have postponed planned industrial action over an attempt to reform pension benefits...

    13. September 13, 2010

      Unions in anti-cuts crusade

      General secretary Brendan Barber at a protest against job cuts at the TUC conference Trade unions were facing their biggest...

    14. September 12, 2010

      Unions warn of flashpoint over pensions

      Public sector pensions are shaping up to be the most “combustible” flashpoint, union leaders warned as they prepared to...

    15. August 30, 2010

      Council pensions savings proposed

      Proposals for sweeping changes to local government workers’ pension arrangements are to be unveiled on Tuesday by the...

    16. August 15, 2010

      Alan Milburn to be social mobility tsar

      John, now Lord, Prescott, campaigning with Alan Milburn and Gordon Brown in 2005, has led the attack on Labour...

    17. July 26, 2010

      MPs face increase in retirement age to 68

      MPs could have to retire three years later - at 68 - under proposals put forward on Monday by the body that oversees public...

    18. July 1, 2010

      Partnership with private sector is the only solution

      From Mr Nick Anstee. Sir, I completely agree with John Hutton (“It is time to forge a new consensus on pensions”, June 28)...

    19. July 1, 2010

      Think of pensions as gold bars

      From Mr David Cule. Sir, The June 28 articles by John Hutton (“It is time to forge a new consensus on pensions”) and John...

    20. June 28, 2010

      Hutton pension review 'rules nothing out'

      A review of public sector pensions announced last week by the government will look at options including the scrapping of...

    21. June 28, 2010

      Hutton pension review ‘rules nothing out’

      The review of public sector pensions announced last week by the government will look at options including the scrapping of...

    22. FT Alphaville

      June 27, 2010

      FTfm on AV

      Some highlights from Monday’s FTfm, The fund management industry is heading for a “massive rebalancing” The proportion of...

    23. June 27, 2010

      Time to forge new consensus on pensions

      There are few more sensitive issues in British politics today than pensions. In an age increasingly characterised by a sense...

    24. June 27, 2010

      Time to talk real public sector pension costs

      David Cameron, the UK’s prime minister, last week appointed former Labour cabinet minister, John Hutton, to lead a review of...

    25. June 24, 2010

      Consultants all

      Former government ministers with clearance for new jobs in business since the May election are, so far, relatively...

    26. June 21, 2010

      Unions seek input into pensions review

      Trade unions on Monday demanded a fair hearing from a government-appointed commission on public sector pensions and warned...

    27. Westminster Blog

      June 21, 2010

      Cut of the Day: Public sector pensions and CPI

      Welcome to a new, occasional series running up to the Autumn spending review. We’re planning for the “Cut Of The Day” to be...

    28. June 21, 2010

      Blairite minister defies critics

      John Hutton, a former Blairite cabinet minister, is the latest Labour figure to join George Osborne's "rainbow coalition" to...

    29. June 21, 2010

      Osborne paves way for public sector levy

      George Osborne yesterday paved the way to impose a multibillion pound levy on 6m public sector workers, as he commissioned a...

    30. June 21, 2010

      Chancellor's big tent faces stability test

      George Osborne has been busy enticing heavyweight figures into a "big tent", as he prepares to reshape the British economy:...

    31. June 20, 2010

      Blairite minister defies critics

      John Hutton is to advise chancellor George Osborne on cutting public sector pension costs John Hutton, a former Blairite...

    32. June 20, 2010

      Chancellor’s big tent faces stability test

      George Osborne has been busy enticing heavyweight figures into a “big tent”, as he prepares to reshape the British economy:...

    33. June 20, 2010

      Osborne paves way for public sector levy

      George Osborne on Sunday paved the way to impose a multibillion pound levy on 6m public sector workers, as he commissioned a...

    34. Westminster Blog

      June 20, 2010

      Lord Prescott turns on Hutton and the "collaborators"

      While cowards flinch and traitors sneer, John Prescott keeps his red flag flying. His blog on the “collaborators” — John...

    35. June 20, 2010

      Osborne promises ‘tough’ Budget

      George Osborne on Sunday vowed to steer Britain off “the road to ruin” with an emergency Budget that cuts an “out of...

    36. May 29, 2010

      Critic of Labour policy to take seat in Lords

      Simon Wolfson, chief executive of Next, will take up a seat in the House of Lords - granted for services to business - as...

    37. May 28, 2010

      Critic of Labour policy to take Lords seat

      Simon Wolfson, chief executive of Next, will take up a seat in the House of Lords – granted for services to business – as...

    38. May 28, 2010

      Prescott heads list of new peers

      Veteran former ministers and aides from Labour and the Conservative party form the bulk of a list of 56 new peers who will...

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