This week the Government announced that from 2017 the state pension in the UK will undergo a big transformation, with the introduction of one flat-rate pension for all. To receive a full state pension, adults will need to have made National Insurance contributions for 35 years, although time taken out of work to raise children will count towards this. Couples will now also be able to claim for an individual pension rather than a joint one. We want to know what you think about the changes - who are the winners and losers? Will it encourage people to save more for their private pension? Share your thoughts in our LinkedIn discussion.
On Wednesday the judging took place to decide the winners for our ninth annual Media Adviser Awards, sponsored by Standard Life. The Awards are held each year in recognition of all the hard work unbiased.co.uk's media advisers do promoting the importance of professional advice. With just under three weeks to go until the awards, you can use #unbiasedawards2013 to follow all the action on Twitter leading up to and during the evening. View this year's shortlist here - but we're keeping the the names of the winners secret until the night itself!
It's been great to see lots of our advisers logging in to view their statistics since our adviser dashboard went live on Monday. Don't forget if you want to see those statistics increase each month, complete as much of your profileas you can to make it stand out on unbiased.co.uk!
Good news for those trying to get onto the property market as mortgage rates finally start to fall, with a little help from the Government's Funding for Lending scheme. While it may still be tough to get a mortgage, the market is improving as banks and building societies cut their rates. As house buyers look to make the most of this improving outlook, make sure your profile is up to date with as much information as possible, including any promotional offers you may want to add to attract new clients. Update your profile here.
The unbiased.co.uk team