Altmann slams PPF cap change delays

If Baroness Ros Altmann was less outspoken on issues of reform during her stint as pensions minister, she is certainly making up for lost time, launching her fourth attack on government policy in almost as many days.

Plumbing scheme plans to seek guidance from Scottish courts as government drags feet on s75

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Plumbing Pensions’ prolonged consultation with a departing employer over its exit fee has brought to light fundamental problems with section 75 debt legislation as it currently stands for non-associated multi-employer schemes.

Uptick in scams prompts call for tighter regulation

A recent increase in reports of suspected pension scams has been called “the tip of the iceberg”, as some experts said tighter legislation would help schemes ensure their members do not lose hard-earned retirement savings.

The looming DB skills gap: What can be done to slow the brain drain?

Any Other Business: Administration specialist Trafalgar House has urged the pensions industry to address the growing risk of an imminent defined benefit skills gap as schemes wind down and the industry fails to attract a new generation of talent.

 

FCA scheme becomes latest to benefit from discount rate move

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The Financial Conduct Authority Pension Plan has become the latest in a series of schemes to announce an improvement in its financial position arising from an increase in the discount rate.

Unite plans strike ballot as Post Office mulls scheme closure

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Unite, the union, is seeking a mandate for strike action from its members who work for the Post Office following proposals to close the defined benefit scheme to accrual.

Comment & Analysis

Are the regulators fit for purpose?

Ruth Bamforth

Pensions legislation has become increasingly complex since the 1990s, so does this mean pensions regulation needs to be revisited? Walker Morris’s Ruth Bamforth tackles the thorny question.

How to invest in farmland responsibly

Tom McKeon

Tom McKeon, head of portfolio oversight for farmland investment at Insight Investment, examines the case for farmland when looking through a responsible investment lens.

Dashboard, dashboard on the wall...

Editorial: I won’t mention the Department for Work and Pensions, the government or Ros Altmann, although there would be plenty to say about them. 

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Brexit two weeks in: The legal and investment impact

Interview with Jane Higgins and John Belgrove

Video: The UK's vote to leave the EU is having a major impact on markets and has created legal uncertainties. Partner at Allen & Overy Jane Higgins, and senior partner at Aon Hewitt John Belgrove, explain what schemes can do to position themselves well.

PPF: Shorten recovery plans

Interview with Malcolm Weir

Video: High profile defined benefit schemes such as British Steel and BHS are dominating the news and making clear the risks an underfunded scheme can pose to its employer. Malcolm Weir, head of restructuring and insolvency at the Pension Protection Fund discusses what can be done.

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