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Pensions—a lot done, much more still to do

“37 per cent of female workers and 28 per cent of black and minority ethnic workers are not eligible for auto-enrolment”

Old age pensions were originally introduced in 1908. They weren’t generous, at five shillings a week—the equivalent of £23 today—but they did provide for the first UK state pensions, financed out of central taxation.

That world was not as different from ours as we might think. Just as researchers like Rowntree and Booth highlighted the link between casual work and poverty, there is concern today about low-paid, insecure work. Those…

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