Merryn’s blog

The EU referendum will not drag on, whatever the result

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Unlike after the Scottish independence vote, most people will accept the result of the EU referendum, says Merryn Somerset Webb. It’s not in the interest of anyone to keep the anger bubbling under.

Who’s really to blame for the BHS pension black hole

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It might not look good for Philip Green to take £400m in dividends while BHS and its pension scheme goes under. But he couldn’t have foreseen the deficit, and isn’t to blame, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Why companies with big pension deficits should still be allowed to pay dividends

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Companies have to balance their obligations to both shareholders and employees, says Merryn Somerset Webb. So even if the pension fund is in deficit, they’re still entitled to pay dividends.

How we can stop more companies like BHS from collapsing

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Our tax system encourages firms to take on debt. But huge debts leave companies very vulnerable when trouble comes, says Merryn Somerset Webb

Employers and workers are both gaming the welfare system

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The way our welfare system works encourages employers to pay low wages and employees to work part time, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Nicola Sturgeon’s £6m baby box is a pointless gimmick

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The SNP’s “baby box” scheme is an idiotic idea that is designed to make it look like they’re doing something for everyone. But it’s pointless waste of moneys, says Merryn Somerset Webb

Low interest rates are doing more harm than good – quadruple them and see what happens

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Low interest rates are damaging the economy, says Merryn Somerset Webb. They aren’t making people borrow and spend, they’re making them worry about their retirement – and save.

Saving systems for the lazy

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A choice of energy supplier or financial institution is all very well. But often, the hassle of switching accounts makes it hardly seem worthwhile. Thankfully, there are now companies that will do it for you.

Port Talbot is a message to the Bank of England

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If the Bank of England wants to avoid another Port Talbot, it’s going to have to raise interest rates, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

It's not just Scotland's rich who will feel the pinch

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Nicola Sturgeon’s income tax plans won’t endear her to middle Scotland, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

A hole in the plans of Scotland's 'tax the rich' brigade

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It won’t take many of Scotland’s top-rate tax payers to leave to blow a hole in the tax take, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

A golden hello that says big companies aren't hearing us

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When it comes to ridiculous executive pay, GlaxoSmithKline still doesn’t get it, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But they’re not the only ones.

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