It’s that time again: Christmas is firmly behind us, it’s a New Year with a fresh start and how many of us have already broken new diet regimes with leftover chocolate or fallen off the proverbial wagon of any number of resolutions we made when Big Ben chimed us in to 2018 just days ago? Or is the resolution to give up making grand resolution each year and start with smaller manageable and sustainable changes?
Engaged couples should be having a provocative bedtime chat before they walk down the aisle – about getting a prenup! I must admit I giggled when a colleague commented at the Woolley & Co Annual Conference in May that couples didn’t talk about legal issues before they get married because “there was nothing sexy about a prenup”. I’d never thought of the law – or chatting about it - as an aphrodisiac before.
In light of the recent so called Turing pardons I wonder whether the Government will look again at another arcane element of our legal system, divorce law?
I read with delight that the Government has announced there shall be pardons, including posthumously, for conviction over consensual same-sex relationships before homosexuality was decriminalised throughout the UK, in 1982. I was quite shocked that this would be 65,000 pardons, for whom 15,000 men are still alive: how backwards did our recent society used to be? It seemed to me this was in Oscar Wilde’s time, not as recent as the 70s.
The current State Pension changes from 6 April 2016 and there will no longer be a basic state pension with additional state pension (ASP) elements, but one single tier flat rate pension payable to a person with 35 years of national insurance contributions. Pensionable ages remain as before (subject to any further government changes), so those born from late 1954 to early 1960 get their pensions from 66, those born 1962-1970 from 67 and those born from late 1978 onwards have a state retirement age of 68.
Grandparents usually have a positive influential role to play in the lives of their grandchildren, teaching them things their parents can’t from the generation before, helping children understand the dynamics of their family history, as well as the fun stuff of baking or playing with train sets.