2005 Pre-Budget measures come under scrutiny

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A Treasury Committee has been scrutinising the 2005 Pre-Budget Report's key proposals, and have now published their findings. The Chancellor has a history of ignoring the main recommendations of previous committees in numerous areas. Will anyone call him to account if he ignores these recommendations too? By Nichola Ross Martin

SIPPs and pensions simplification

This is not the first time that pension simplification has raised its head. In 1994, a Treasury committee, looked at proposals to allow all pensions schemes, including SIPPs, to invest in residential property with effect from 6 April 2006. According to reports, it said it found it hard to reconcile the ambition to control the disproportionate influence of the housing market on the economy with a proposal that will allow...

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