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Food for thought managing social factors for trustees

When I flew out of Edinburgh airport on holiday recently, I had several choices of where to eat breakfast. Some were places I’d deliberately avoided since well-publicised allegations of poor practices during Covid. These restaurants were still busy - so not everyone took the same view as me - but I’m sure many others have stopped using these or other brands who damaged their reputations through poor social practices in the dark days of 2020.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 17

CDC scheme benefits may be 50 percent higher than DC schemes

Following news that the first major UK CDC scheme will launch in October this year, analysis by LCP highlights that expected pensions from a whole-of-a-life CDC scheme are up to 50% better for the same contribution than from a traditional DC scheme. Schemes will also provide cost certainty for employers.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 16

Super Savers saving 5 times more into their pensions

Some pension savers could wear capes, according to new analysis from PensionBee, which has identified the emergence of ‘super savers’. The analysis found a wide gap between the average pension savings and those at the top of the spectrum for individuals within the same age group.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 16

Call for Pensions Bill in the Kings Speech

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) calls on the Government to announce a Pensions Bill at the State Opening of Parliament tomorrow.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 16

Nearly 3 million ex retirees return to work

Research from Legal & General has revealed that 2.8 million UK over 50s (11% = 2,733,5601[1]) have returned to work after being previously retired. However, only 3% plan to or are considering returning to full-time work. Most, who have not previously returned to work after retiring, will pursue either part-time or seasonal work (14%).
Posted on Tuesday Jul 16

Hundreds of small DB pensions unaware they can afford buyout

K3 Advisory have said there are potentially hundreds of small pension schemes unaware they are within ‘cheque writing distance’ of being able to afford to buyout their scheme liabilities and urged trustees to take action.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 16

Councils could save GBP3bn by cutting LGPS contributions

With the latest valuation of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) highlighting a surplus of c£22bn, LCP have estimated that if contributions reflected the current market the cash requirement from councils could be reduced by more than £3bn each year.
Posted on Monday Jul 15

Compensation drops to further record lows as yields rise

Redress for a typical complainant could now be under £7,000 compared to over £150,000 just two years ago.
Posted on Monday Jul 15

Labour urged to put AE roadmap front and centre for pensions

NOW: Pensions, the workplace pension provider for over two million people, has called on the new Pensions Minister Emma Reynolds MP and the Labour Government to consider a Roadmap for auto enrolment (AE) as part of its pensions review, to ensure that AE remains a success in the future.
Posted on Thursday Jul 11

BW appointed to advise Hertfordshire Pension Fund

Barnett Waddingham (BW) has been appointed to deliver actuarial, benefits and governance and fund risk consultancy services to the Hertfordshire Pension Fund.
Posted on Thursday Jul 11

Wish list for new Pensions Minister

The new pensions minister, Emma Reynolds, must address the key challenges of adequacy, sustainability and intergenerational fairness facing the industry and the millions of savers across the UK as a priority, says Hymans Robertson. The leading pensions and financial services consultancy also says, it would like to see the new government deliver on the key pensions’ initiatives that are underway as the firm lays out its pensions policy wish list.
Posted on Thursday Jul 11

Challenges facing Emma Reynolds as new Minister for Pensions

PMI and TPT Retirement Solutions comment on the challenges and priorities facing Emma Reynolds as new Minister for Pensions
Posted on Thursday Jul 11

Aggressive climate policies needed to preserve equity values

New EDHEC-Risk Climate Impact Institution research extends valuation techniques to estimate the effect on global equity values of climate and economic uncertainties, financial contingencies, transition costs and physical risks.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 10

Are you giving more money than needed to the taxman

Standard Life outlines how you can you use your pension to protect more of your income when you move up a tax bracket.

Posted on Wednesday Jul 10

Possible pensions policy under the new Labour Government

A new UK Government has been elected. It has provided some clues regarding its approach to pensions policy, including a promise to "tackle barriers" to pension schemes investing in "UK productive assets".

Posted on Wednesday Jul 10

Ministerial post raises hope of improved pension policy

The news that Emma Reynolds MP has been appointed to a Ministerial role in both HM Treasury and the Department for Work and Pensions could lead to more ‘joined up’ pension policy according to LCP partner and former Minister, Steve Webb.
Posted on Wednesday Jul 10

What trustees need to know about Pensions Dashboards

Pensions Dashboards are set to revolutionise how individuals manage their retirement savings. By providing a single, secure online platform to access all pension information, including State Pension, these dashboards aim to empower better retirement planning. If your scheme has over 100 active and deferred pensioner members, it's time to take action.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 9

Industry comments on latest PPF 7800 figures from the PPF

Standard Life, BlackRock, Gallagher and Broadstone comment on The Pension Protection Fund’s 7800 Index July update on the latest estimated funding position for all PPF eligible defined benefit pension schemes:
Posted on Tuesday Jul 9

Gregg McClymont joins PLSA Board as Non Exec Director

Public policy expert Gregg McClymont is to join the Board of the UK’s pension trade association, the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), in October.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 9

PPF publish their PPF 7800 Index for June 2024

This update provides the latest estimated funding position, based on adjusting the scheme valuation data supplied to The Pensions Regulator as part of the schemes’ annual scheme returns, on a section 179 (s179) basis, for the defined benefit pension schemes potentially eligible for entry to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).
Posted on Tuesday Jul 9

Pension predictions for Labour ahead of first Kings Speech

The King’s Speech forms an important part of the State opening of parliament, which marks the start of the parliamentary year. In this instance, it’s the first year under the leadership of the newly-elected Labour Party and Prime Minister, Sir Keir Starmer.
Posted on Tuesday Jul 9

Third times the charm as Sir Stephen Timms returns

Standard Life and Aegon comment as Sir Stephen Timms returns into a Ministerial role in the Department for Work and Pensions
Posted on Monday Jul 8

Supervision of Master Trusts focuses on investments and data

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) announced today (Monday) it is evolving its supervision of master trusts to focus on investments, data quality and standards, and innovation at retirement.
Posted on Monday Jul 8

Dedicated DB small scheme insurance services take off

With more small pension schemes able to afford to insure their benefits, insurers are increasingly looking at ways to increase their capacity to meet this rise in demand says Hymans Robertson.
Posted on Monday Jul 8

Pension scheme trustees struggle with DEI implementation

Over two-thirds of appointed pension scheme trustees (65%) are trained on DE&I practices, with 83% confident of their trusteeship knowledge. The majority (91%) of trustees are confident of their understanding of regulatory DE&I guidance. However, just 45% said DE&I influences the trustee hiring process despite having a strategy in place.
Posted on Monday Jul 8

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