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April 30, 2017

May vows to protect pensions from ‘unscrupulous bosses’ – BBC News

May vows to protect pensions from ‘unscrupulous bosses’ – BBC News
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Image caption The Tories will promise to increase the powers of regulators over business pensions

Theresa May has actually revealed strategies to safeguard pensions from “unethical” employers if she wins the election.

The Tories will promise to increase the powers of regulators over business pensions, consisting of fines for companies who intentionally underfund plans.

Following the BHS pension scandal, business takeovers might be obstructed where the solvency of the business plan seems threatened.

Meanwhile, Labour has actually revealed a strategy to enhance rights at work.

Billionaire Sir Philip Green offered BHS for 1 in 2015 and a year later on it entered into administration with a 571m pension deficit.

Earlier this year, he concurred with the Pensions Regulator to pay 363m to settle the business’s pension plan.

Mrs May stated: “Today I am setting out our strategies, if chosen, to guarantee the pensions of common working individuals are safeguarded versus the actions of dishonest business employers.

“Safeguarding pensions to make sure self-respect in retirement has to do with security for households, and it’s another example of the option in this election.”

The Pensions Regulator would likewise have the ability to enforce big fines on managers who “wilfully left a plan under-resourced”, she stated, and business directors might be struck off in more severe cases.

The Tories will likewise think about a brand-new law to make it unlawful to purposefully or recklessly put a pension plan at danger.

In an interview with the Mail on Sunday , Mrs May criticised Labour leader Mr Corbyn, stating he was “weak, unsteady, ridiculous and going to pieces” and stated Labour had actually released 7 “clashing” Brexit strategies.

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Image caption Jeremy Corbyn is because of resolve the National Association of Head Teachers conference

Meanwhile, Labour has actually revealed a 20-point strategy to end the “rigged economy” in the work environment.

The strategy consists of providing all employees equivalent rights from the first day; promises to prohibit zero-hours agreements; ensuring trade unions a right to gain access to offices; raising the base pay; prohibiting unsettled internships; and changing business takeover guidelines to secure workers’ pensions.

Mr Corbyn is anticipated to attend to the National Association of Head Teachers conference in Telford later on.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell stated: “These policies will be the foundation of the next Labour federal government’s program to bring an end to the rigged economy that numerous experience in offices throughout Britain.

“The scandals of 6 million individuals making less than the living wage, and 4 million kids maturing in hardship, are not unavoidable.

“It just takes a modification of federal government to bring these outrages to an end.”

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-39760717

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