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Last Updated: Friday, 3 March 2006, 11:17 GMT
Age discrimination still to apply to redundancy

BBC Radio 4's Money Box was broadcast on Saturday, 4 March, 2006, at 1204 GMT.

The programme was repeated on Sunday, 5 March, 2006, at 2102 GMT.

In just over six months it will be illegal to discriminate against people at work on grounds of age.

It is the biggest change in employment rights since the disability discrimination act ten years ago.

But this week the Government announced it would keep age discrimination in redundancy payments.

Under this week's proposals younger people who are made redundant after 20 years will continue to get less compensation. So why is age discrimination going to be allowed after it becomes illegal?

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Credit Card Cheques

Ray Watson, Director, Market Transformation, OFT

The Office of Fair Trading, the government's consumer protection arm, says new legislation is needed to control banks and card companies sending out unrequested credit card cheques.

Consumers groups have said they fear the cheques are fuelling debt problems, as they make it easier for people to take on credit.

In future, the OFT wants companies to only send credit card cheques to people who agree to receive them.

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Pensions Regulator

David Norgrove, chair of the Pensions Regulator board

It's nearly a year since new pensions protection measures came into force.

How does the chair of the Pensions Regulator board, David Norgrove, feel about the powers and the performance of his organisation now?

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Trivial pensions

The value of 'trivial' pension funds will change on April 6 2006

Changes due next month, will impact on people who've saved for pensions but have built up less than 15,000 in their fund.

Some people will benefit from the reform but others may not, and would be wise to take action without delay.

Louise Greenwood reported.

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Child trust funds

Almost 1.5 million CTF vouchers have been opened since the launch

Latest figures show an improvement in the take up of Child Trust Fund vouchers designed to give youngsters a financial head start in life.

But there are still important questions left over how the scheme develops in the future.

Money Box talked to the minister in charge of Child Trust Funds, Ivan Lewis MP, who's also the Economic Secretary to the Treasury.

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Producer: Chris A'Court
Presenter: Paul Lewis
Reporter: Louise Greenwood
Researcher: Diane Richardson



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