AE review: Consensus on solutions is still lacking

PLSA Annual Conference 2017: Despite unanimity on the need to increase coverage and boost contributions, there is still a distinct lack of consensus on exactly how to address these issues, according to independent advisers on the government’s auto-enrolment review. 

FCA: Half of UK adults show signs of financial vulnerability


The Financial Conduct Authority’s largest survey of UK consumers’ financial habits has identified concerns around financial resilience and undersaving, as experts urge improvements to the auto-enrolment framework.

One in five FTSE 100 DB schemes could fail in a recession

Twenty per cent of FTSE 100 defined benefit schemes would be at risk of failure in the event of an economic downturn, according to new research by Cardano and Lincoln Pensions.

Age-based tax relief rumours met with industry criticism

Philip Hammond is understood to be considering cuts to tax relief for older workers to fund tax breaks for younger people, a move that would ‘smack of ageism’ and cause further confusion, industry figures say.

HPE pensioners to bring inflation-proofing dispute before MPs

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Pensioners of Hewlett Packard Enterprises are lobbying the government to force their former employer to provide inflation protection for pension rights built up before 1997, and have gained cross-party support for legislation.

Auto-enrolment strikes a chord with small businesses

Small and micro employers are finding auto-enrolment less costly and time-consuming than they had anticipated, research by the Department for Work and Pensions has found.

Comment & Analysis

Should your DC scheme move to a mastertrust?

Stephen Coates and John Wilson

The decision to move a defined contribution scheme to a mastertrust all depends on an employer’s priorities and philosophy, according to John Wilson and Stephen Coates at JLT Employee Benefits.

We need to narrow the pensions gap

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The Society of Pension Professionals' Hugh Nolan says more needs to be done to deliver fair outcomes for everyone.

Politicians should keep the faith in inertia

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A whistle-stop roundup of pensions at the political parties' annual conferences and a recommendation to stick with the power of inertia for the self-employed, courtesy of Broadstone's David Brooks.

Videos & Podcasts

How trustees and employers can support member decisions

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Podcast: How can trustees and employers provide support on members' financial decisions without being subject to regulation? Kate Smith, head of pensions at provider Aegon, and Mike Crowe, trustee representative at Dalriada Trustees, discuss the Financial Conduct Authority's employer and trustee factsheet and what can be done to improve members' financial wellbeing. 

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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