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Pensions: Your questions

The first pensions being paid at a post-office in London. Source: Illustrated London News 9 January 1909.
BBC Radio 4's Money Box Live
Monday, 29 December 2008,
at 1502 GMT
On Radio 4 and Online

On Monday's Money Box Live, Paul Lewis took your questions about pensions and put them to a panel of experts.

January 2009 will mark the 100th anniversary of the first pension payment, following the passing of the Old Age Pensions Act in August 1908.

And after being in operation for more than a century the system will change in 2012 when personal accounts - the new government-backed, national pension plan - will be introduced.

In addition to the state pension, there are a number of other options available: You may also be thinking about choosing to take out a private or work scheme.

How will personal accounts work and will they affect your pension?

If you are choosing a private scheme how much do you need to save and what else should you be thinking about?

Perhaps you have a question about an occupational pension.

If you are about to purchase an annuity how do you make sure you get the best rate and can you change provider?

Whatever your question, Paul Lewis and experts were here to offer advice.

Paul was joined by:

• Michelle Cracknell, strategy director at investment group Skandia
• Tom McPhail, head of pensions research, Hargreaves Lansdown
• Malcolm McLean, chief executive, The Pensions Advisory Service

Presenter: Paul Lewis
Producer: Martin Bedford

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