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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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