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Pension compensation
Members of the Pensions Action Group protesting in London
BBC Radio 4's Money Box
Saturday 9 June at 1204 BST
On Radio 4 and Online

People who lost all, or substantial parts, of their works pensions have celebrated some success following changes made to the Pensions Bill in the House of Lords.

But will it make any difference in the long run?

On Saturday's programme we also asked why many of those suffering most after the "wind-up" of pension schemes are still not getting the financial help they expected.

We heard from an affected pensioner, plus we spoke to Alan Higham of the Financial Assistance Scheme review team and pensions campaigner Ros Altmann.

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Tax clampdown

Dave Hartnett, HMRC director general
We ask Mr Hartnett of HM Revenue & Customs about the amnesty
Money Box spoke to Dave Hartnett, a director general of HM Revenue and Customs about its policies to clamp down on tax evaders.

We discussed the current amnesty being offered to people who have tax owing from investments in foreign holiday homes, off-shore accounts and buy-to-let property.

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Debt fears

Terraced houses
It could become easier for creditors to put a charge on debtors' homes

A planned new law could make it easier for creditors to put a "charge" against debtors' properties.

A leading debt advice charity says more people will end up involved in court cases because creditors will refuse to negotiate as they do now.

The concern comes just as figures for the numbers of people being taken to court for non-payment of debts reaches a 10 year high.

Bob Howard reported.

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Credit card deals

A person holding a selection of credit cards
The OFT took action on credit card charges in April 2006
One year on from credit card charges being effectively capped at 12 by the Office of Fair Trading, the majority of card providers have now moved to recoup the estimated 300m lost in profits.

Where are the best and fairest deals to be found now? We asked Mike Naylor of uSwitch.com.

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Online claims

So many people are trying to reclaim their bank charges through the government's Money Claim Online service that the site has been slowing down.

We spoke to Kevin Westall of the Courts Service.

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BBC Radio 4's Money Box was broadcast on Saturday, 9 June 2007 at 1204 BST.

The programme was repeated on Sunday, 10 June 2007 at 2102 BST.



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07 Jun 07 |  Moneybox


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