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World at One Thursday, 11 July, 2002, 12:30 GMT 13:30 UK
Pondering pensions
Pensioner couple read about stock market fall in Financial Times
Radical review aims to save company pensions.
A government-commissioned review into pensions has called for a radical overhaul of the rules on the provisions for retirement.

Its proposals will make occupational pensions more affordable... but will they solve the original pensions crisis and mean a comfortable retirement for all? We try to find out.

Company pension schemes were tightened up after the Maxwell scandal a decade ago when four hundred million Mirror Group employees saw their pension money disappear. Pickering says that every employer is being treated as a potential Maxwell and wants to loosen the red tape. The World at One asked Sue Ward, who sat on the Good Committee set up following Robert Maxwell's fraud, if that's a good idea.

British transsexual wins landmark ruling

A British transsexual has won her battle in the European Court of Human Rights to be recognised as a woman and be allowed to marry.

Christine Goodwin was born a man but became a woman, psychologically and physically, in 1984. Under British law though, she remained male.

The judgment delivered in Strasbourg unanimously held that the UK's failure to recognise her new identity in law breached her rights to respect for private life and her right to marry under the European Convention on Human Rights.

Robin Lewis, one of the lawyers who represented Christine Goodwin gave us his reaction.

We also talked to Stephen Whittle from Manchester University who specialises in the law affecting transsexuals. He has good reason to; he was born a woman and became a man in 1975.

Pensions Do PFIs provide value for money?

With the Comprehensive Spending Review only days away, today comes more evidence that Public Finance Initiatives may not be the win-win route to improved public services that the government clearly believes they are. The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee this morning published a report questioning whether PFIs provide the taxpayer with value for money.

We talked to the Liberal Democrat MP David Rendel who is a member of the committee and then asked the former Paymaster General, Geoffrey Robinson if this report will trigger a re-think in Whitehall about the viability of PFI.

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