Triple lock to be retained in Tory-DUP deal

The Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party have struck a deal to maintain the triple lock, sparking concerns over what this means for pensions policy in the long term. 

Strathclyde hails transfer warning effort

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A communications exercise warning members of the Strathclyde Pension Fund about the risks of cashing in their benefits has seen the scheme’s membership continue to grow despite declining payroll numbers.

Pensions Institute: Relax DB promises to tackle PPF drift

Stressed schemes and employers should be allowed to reduce pension increases and gain easier access to PPF-plus benefit-restructuring methods in order to minimise “PPF drift”, a new academic paper has said.

FCA transfer proposals welcomed but timeline draws criticism

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The Financial Conduct Authority’s new proposals on pension transfers have been widely welcomed across the industry, but concerns around the 2018 implementation of the final rules remain.  

Queen's Speech omits pensions as focus is firmly on Brexit

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After the intensity and frequency of debate and consultation on pension issues, the industry is left in limbo by the government’s legislative programme.

Scheme support levels at lowest since financial crisis

Affordability of FTSE 350 defined benefit pension promises has retreated to levels not seen since the global financial crisis, a new report has found, putting pressure on trustees of mature schemes.

Comment & Analysis

Between the lines

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Editorial: Was it because she needed to be at Ascot later that day that the Queen’s Speech seemed shorter this time?

What defines a professional trustee?

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Laura Clarke from law firm CMS gives tips on what to look for in a professional trustee in the absence of a regulatory requirement for qualification.

Pensions must not be a matter of luck

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The minimum contribution levels for auto-enrolment risk making adequate pensions as rare as winning the lottery, says the Pensions Management Institute’s Tim Middleton.

Videos & Podcasts

A closer look at the main parties' pension proposals

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Podcast: From a double lock to a flexible state pension age, Malcolm McLean, senior consultant at Barnett Waddingham, and Edward Brown, partner at law firm Hogan Lovells, discuss the pension policies the political parties have proposed in their manifestos ahead of the election on June 8.

DB green paper: Can it strike a balance?

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Video: What do businesses say about the defined benefit green paper's focus on regulation, and where do unions have concerns about member protection? Rachel Smith, principal labour market economist at the Confederation of British Industry and Tim Sharp, policy officer at the Trades Union Congress, give their views.

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