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Last Updated: Friday, 27 October 2006, 14:36 GMT 15:36 UK
Legal review on pensions decision
Demonstrators protesting over lost company pension scheme funds
BBC Radio 4's Money Box
On Radio 4 and online
Saturday 28 October 1204 BST
Sunday 29 October 2102 GMT

Tens of thousands of workers have new hope of compensation for the pensions they lost when their schemes were wound up or their firms went bust.

The High Court has agreed to review the government's decision to reject a Parliamentary Ombudsman report on the losses and its call for compensation.

The report said government leaflets had given workers a misleading impression of the security of company pension schemes.

To discuss the latest development we were joined by John Halford of law firm Bindman & Partners and Andrew Parr of Pensions Action Group.

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Cash machine fraud

A machine with a card skimmer fitted, covering the whole right hand side of the cashpoint
Fraudsters often fit "skimming" devices and cameras at cashpoints
Fraudsters are still managing to steal millions of pounds from cash machine scams despite the introduction of chip and pin technology.

Bob Howard reported on how the thieves operate and how additional customer protection measures being introduced might make a difference.

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Big Bang anniversary

Trading floor of the London Stock Exchange in 1973
The city no longer relies on "open outcry" trading on its floors
Twenty years ago this week giant changes took place that affected the way people bought and traded in shares in the UK.

Since the deregulation of 27 October 1986, London has become a major player in financial services.

We discussed that lasting impact of the day that went down in history as Big Bang with Money Box presenter Vincent Duggleby, Paul Killik of stockbrokers Killik & Co and Douglas McWilliams from the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

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Will Aid

A scroll of paper, a clipboard and pen
A recent survey said 70% of people do not have an up-to-date will
Many people who should make a will still are not choosing to do so.

Money Box discussed the circumstances when a will is considered a necessity and when it is not.

We were joined by Peter Cooke of law firm Stones, spokesman for national campaign Will Aid.

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OTHER NEWS

Insurer's Fine

This week loans.co.uk was fined 455,000 by the financial regulator for failing to treat its customers fairly when selling Payment Protection Insurance on their loans over most of last year.

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Presenter: Paul Lewis
Producer: Chris A'Court
Reporter: Bob Howard




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