With the state pension age changing, it can be tricky to find out how much you can get. Is it giving women a better deal? Malcolm McLean, a consultant with the actuary firm Barnett Waddingham, Harry Rose, the editor of WhichMoney, and John Shearer, from The Pensions Advisory Service, discuss whether the new state pension will affect carers. Sarah will also look at what are the changes for women who take time out of the workplace to bring up their children. She also speaks Lin Phillips from WASPI who are campaigning for the government to offer concessions to women caught out by these rises who didn't get enough notice.
Malcolm Mclean, John Shearer, Harry Rose, Lin Phillips
If you’re thinking about retiring, what things should you look out for? Sarah Pennells is joined by Rowena Griffiths, from Female Adviser, and Michelle Cracknell, from the Pensions Advisory Service, and Jamie Jenkins, from Standard Life. Together they look at what to do with your pension once you retire, analysing the difficult jargon in more detail and simplifying the daunting paperwork in pension forms.
Ever been affected by a pension scam? Alan Higham, from Pensions Champ, Michelle Cracknell from the Pensions Advice Service and Rachael Badger, from the Citizens Advice Bureau talk to Sarah Pennells about cold calls and how to protect yourself from them.
With the tax year coming to a close, many people are looking to spring clean their finances. Sarah Pennells talks to Alison Steed, founder of the money saving website MyMoneyDiva.com, James Jones of Experian and Terry Donohoe of debt advice charity StepChange, to advise you on the best way to sort your finances.
Sarah Pennells discusses the 2016 budget announced by George Osborne earlier this week with guests Jane Moore, from ICAEW, Richard Blanco, a spokesperson of the National Landlord Association and Independent Landlord, Caroline Le Jeune, of London tax accountants Blick Rothenberg and Clair Walsh, an Independent Financial Adviser at Aspect8. Together they go over the recent announcements in this week's budget, looking at the main announcements, and how they could they could affect long-term investments.
Jane Moore, Richard Blanco, Caroline Le Jeune, Claire Walsh
Sarah Pennells is joined by Claire Finn, Head of Pensions at BlackRock, and Louise Oliver of Piercefield Oliver, to talk about women investing for their future pensions. In this week's programme, dedicated to finance from a female perspective, Sarah and her guests look at how to prepare for your pension and what to look out for when investing.
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by Jane King, an IFA at Ash-Ridge Private Finance, Adam Lake of Turn2Us, Tom Connor of Drewberry Insurance and over the phone by Alistair McQueen of Aviva, to discuss how to best protect your finances if you're self-employed and don't have the security of working for a large company or organisation. What are the benefits and drawbacks of being self-employed? Do the positives outweigh the negatives?
Jane King, Adam Lake, Tom Connor, Alistair McQueen
Sarah discusses Free Wills Month, a time where charities offer members of the public over the age of 55 an opportunity to have their will written for free by a participating solicitor. This initiative allows people to make a will in an easy and quick way, without the difficult decisions and legal complications. Sarah talks to Lee Dowling, from EA law Solicitors, Richard Millar from Free Wills Month organisation and John Bunker, from Thomas Eggar solicitors, on how this can benefit the public and whether there are any hidden costs to look out for.
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by Rachael Saunders from Business In the Community, and over the phone by Michelle Cracknell of The Pensions Regulatory Service and Fiona Tait of Royal London. Sarah and her guests talk about working in retirement and setting up a small business whilst receiving your pension . Sarah and her guests discuss the practicalities of setting up a business in retirement, as well as looking at what the rules say about receiving your pension whilst still at work.
Sarah Pennells is joined in the studio by Alan Higham, founder of Pensions Champion, and Tina Weeks, founder of Serenity Financial Planning, to discuss the state pension, and look at what you will actually get if you're due to retire. Despite being called a flat rate or single tier pension, not everyone will necessarily get the same amount and far fewer women than men will qualify for the full figure of £155.65 a week. In the programme Sarah will be looking at who is entitled to the new state pension and the differences between the current and the new pension.