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A more effective flu vaccine is available this winter for those aged 65 and over, which could prevent deaths and reduce the burden on the NHS.
The newly available ‘adjuvanted’ vaccine is expected to significantly boost effectiveness by improving the body’s immune response to the vaccine. This is important because typically, older adults’ bodies do not respond as well to the flu vaccine due to their naturally weaker immune systems. Older adults are also more likely to suffer complications from flu.
The broader flu vaccination programme will also be improved by offering all eligible adults under 65, including pregnant women and those with long-term health conditions, the ‘quadrivalent’ vaccine in injected form.
This protects against a total of four strains of flu; two strains of flu A and two strains of flu B.
Why would anyone have a pension with the company for whom they work?
Thinking of Carillion and BHS here.
The way it seems to work is that you allow your employer to hive off some of your money from every pay packet and if they are still around when you retire you might get something back.
You might, however, end up with absolutely nothing depending on whether or not the company chooses to make good on it or not.
I use the word "chooses" in part to imply that there don't seem to be any "rules". If the company is mismanaged and/or fraud is involved, you could lose everything and seem to have no standing whatsoever regardless of your contributions.
Maybe there are rules that the companies are supposed to abide by, but not doing so appears to bring no penalty. Therefore there are, in effect, no rules. It's like having the law, but not having any police.
Why would any company want to put capital into a pension fund for people who aren't going to be working for the business anyway when they start drawing it? It's dead money. Dividends are much more juicy and "in the now".
Is having a "company pension" some historical legacy thing?
Is there supposed to be some protection for people who've paid in for decades, done nothing wrong themselves, but now have nothing to retire with?
Is it "their fault" for "choosing the wrong pension scheme", the buyer should have been more careful and shopped around?
There surely must be some legislation on the subject but whatever it is, it doesn't seem to be effective.
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