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Last Updated: Saturday, 9 April, 2005, 09:56 GMT 10:56 UK
Pension Protection Fund
Rover car
In 2003 the MG Rover Group pension scheme had a 67m deficit

BBC Radio 4's Money Box was broadcast on Saturday, 9 April, 2005 at 1202 BST.

The programme was repeated on Sunday, 10 April, at 2102 BST.

People whose occupational pension schemes fail, now have greater protection with the official start this week of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).

And just three days after it opened for business it looks as if its first major pension problem might be MG Rover Group, who have gone into administration.

There is a risk that its 6,100 employees could see their pension promises cut in value.

Money Box discussed the latest developments with pensions expert John Ralfe.

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Financial Assistance Scheme

Woman protests about pensions
FAS applies to schemes that started winding up after January 1997

More details have been released on the Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS).

It is designed to help the tens of thousands of people who have already lost some of their company pension because their schemes have gone into "wind-up" status.

Money Box talks to pensions expert Dr Ros Altmann, who has campaigned to get help for these people.

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Mobile Post Office

Mobile post office van
The mobile post office visits 36 communities in one week

The Post Office has a new means of providing services in some locations where there are no post offices or where they have closed.

How does the service work and just how practical and financially sustainable is it?

Jessica Dunbar reports from Cumbria where a mobile post office now travels between remote villages.

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Impact of general election
Gordon Borwn and Tony Blair
The UK has enjoyed unbroken economic growth since 1992

Now that a general election has been called, some measures announced in the budget have been postponed.

They may not even happen if there is a change of government on 5 May.

Tax adviser John Whiting explains.

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Know your benefits rights

Sally West of Age Concern
Sally West encourages older people to claim their benefits

Council tax is certainly one of the most resented taxes, but many people are still not claiming the reductions they should be.

To coincide with a special Age Concern week that will help older people claim the benefits they are entitled to, the programme talks to Age Concern's Sally West.

She says that nearly two million older people could get their bills reduced by an average of 470.

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Producer: Chris A'Court
Presenter: Paul Lewis
Reporter: Jessica Dunbar

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