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Last Updated: Friday, 23 April, 2004, 13:39 GMT 14:39 UK
Blair hints at pension help
Pensions march
Thousands of workers from many different companies have suffered

BBC Radio 4's Money Box was broadcast on Saturday, 24 April, 2004, at 1204 BST.

The programme was repeated on Sunday, 25 April, 2004, at 2102 BST.

The government has given a ray of hope to the tens of thousands of people who lost their pensions after their employers went bust.

In a significant development, Prime Minister Tony Blair has confirmed that the government is actively considering the situation, and hopes it can provide a solution.

In the past Pensions Secretary Andrew Smith had said that although he had sympathy for the affected workers, he did not want to give them false hope.

A Pensions Protection Fund is being set up to prevent this happening in the future. But until now it had seemed that nothing could be done to help those who had already lost out.

To discuss the Prime Minister's announcement we were joined by pensions expert Ros Altmann and Andrew Parr of Pensions Theft, an organisation set up by affected people.

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E-mail scams hit banks hard

Bank losses from email scams now top a million pounds, Money Box has discovered. Louise Greenwood has been investigating.

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Tax credits

The government's introduction of the tax credits system last year has been heavily criticised by a Public Accounts Committee report.

Chairman Edward Leigh MP told the Commons it was "nothing short of disastrous", and said the Revenue introduced the system with insufficient planning or contingency arrangements.

The bungles meant more than 400,000 payments were late, causing serious financial hardship to some claimants.

We spoke to Mr Leigh and also to Bernie O'Gorman of Hertfordshire County Council's Money Advice Unit about the Committee's findings.

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Details of pensioner cash published

The government has finally published the rules about its extra 100 payment for people over 70, which it had announced in the Budget.


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Reporter: Louise Greenwood
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