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  • Published: 15 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409099505
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

The Great Pensions Robbery

How the Politicians Betrayed Retirement




A devastating and gripping account of one of the great government scandals of our time

No issue shames the New Labour government elected in 1997 more than the systematic destruction of Britain’s pensions system. When Labour came to power, some 5 million workers enjoyed ‘gold standard’ defined benefit pensions – which paid them a percentage of final salaries – and Britain had the most robust system of private retirement provision in the world. That number has since collapsed to 1.6 million, leaving millions of Britons facing an uncertain future and, in many cases, the grim choice of working until they drop or an impoverished old age. The past dreams of a cottage on the South Coast or wintering on the Med or in Florida have long gone.

Here award-winning journalist Alex Brummer goes behind the scenes to explain exactly what has been going on. What emerges is a shocking story of cynicism and inaction, in which a government bent on penny-pinching, a civil service cowed into submission and individuals more interested in their careers than public service have all taken a part in fatally undermining a 100-year-old system. It's also a story of breathtaking hypocrisy, where those in charge have feather-bedded their own pensions while destroying those of ordinary people. And, as Alex Brummer convincingly argues, we're only just starting to live with the appalling consequences.

  • Pub date: 15 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409099505
  • Imprint: Cornerstone Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

About the Author

Alex Brummer

Alex Brummer is one of the UK's leading financial journalists and commentators. After a long and successful stint at the Guardian he moved to be City Editor at the Daily Mail in 2000. He has won prizes both as a foreign correspondent and economics writer. Awards received include Business Journalist of the Year 2006, Newspaper Journalist 2002 and Best City Journalist 2000. His books include Hanson: A Biography (Fourth Estate 1994), Weinstock: The Life and Times of Britain's Premier Industrialist (HarperCollins 1998), The Crunch (Random House 2008) and Britain for Sale (Random House 2012).

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