BLOG: Top 20 most read stories of 2018

Written by Natalie Tuck
21/12/18

So much has happened within pensions in 2018, but what have been the most read stories in pensions of the year? Natalie Tuck looks back over the year

The issue surrounding women's state pension age, involving the Women Against State Pension Inequality (Waspi) and Back to 60 campaign groups, has continued to hit the headlines this year. Earlier this week, Work and Pensions Committee chair, Frank Field, requested further information from the Department for Work and Pensions on the subject. Several stories relating to the campaign feature in our most read stories of the year, in part due to many of the women affected keeping up with the news.

One story included the former Work and Pensions Secretary, Esther McVey, who was found to have altered her view on women's state pension ages after her appointment to the department.

With several big court cases this year, it is no surprise that the Lloyds case on guaranteed minimum pensions (GMP) made it onto the top 10 list. Another big story on the list was BT losing its battle to change its indexation to CPI from RPI, something Barnardo's also tried to do but was blocked.

News of other pension schemes are always popular, which is why those involving Centrica and Sainsbury's, and Whitbread made it into the most read stories of the year.

Take a look at the rest of the list:

1. Parliamentary group consults on bill to aid Waspi women
2. Lloyds begins defence in GMP equalisation High Court case
3. Govt looking to ‘explore options’ on Mineworkers' Pension Scheme
4. McVey alters women’s SPA views since new role; previously supported a review
5. Back to 60 campaign to submit APPG complaint to parliament
6. BT loses court battle to change to CPI indexation
7. Sainsbury’s deficit falls by £589m ahead of Asda merger; Walmart to retain scheme
8. Centrica slashes pensions deficit by £857m in H1 2018
9. HMRC launches GMP calculator
10. Govt will not legislate to withdraw clawback schemes
11. FTSE 100 pension schemes offering DB benefits continue to fall - JLT
12. Just Retirement/Partnership merger complete; JRP Group formed
13. JLT group buys HSBC Actuaries and Consultants
14. Pensions in court - ones to watch in 2018
15. Whitbread pension deficit drops by £136m; Costa and Premier Inn to split
16. Now Pensions put up for sale following administration problems
17. Marsh & McLennan to purchase JLT for £4.3bn
18. GMP reconciliation reveals £22m of overpayments in civil service pension scheme
19. Brexit risks EU workers' state pension entitlements
20. AE contribution opt-down regulations unclear among industry

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