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South Yorks fines employers for late contribution returns

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The South Yorkshire Pensions Authority has witnessed an improvement in its service delivery, following the launch of a new pensions administration strategy which allows it to fine tardy participating employers.

Bayer latest scheme to move to mastertrust

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Pharmaceutical company Bayer has closed the DC section of its pension plan and transferred members to a mastertrust, a move experts say has become more widespread in recent years.

SSE wipes off £1.2bn of longevity risk

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FTSE 100 energy company SSE has completed £1.2bn of longevity risk hedging for two of its DB pension schemes, comprised of two buy-ins and longevity swaps with separate insurers.

CYBG scheme closure highlights industry's 10-year funding headache

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Banking group CYBG has closed its DB pension scheme to future accrual, wiping £131m from its liabilities and avoiding increased contributions amid worsening market conditions.

GKN scheme closures and debt issuance to combat £1bn deficit


Engineering firm GKN has closed its UK defined benefit pension schemes to future accrual, and plans to use proceeds from a debt issuance to plug a £1bn deficit on its UK post-retirement obligations.

Environment Agency fund in surplus with ESG

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Strong investment returns have lifted the Environment Agency Active Pension Fund into surplus, as it challenged the industry to collaborate to improve uptake of environmental, social and governance-related strategies.

Leics sees opportunity in bank loans investment

Leicestershire tops up opportunity pool

Leicestershire County Council Pension Fund has committed to a new capital release fund investment as part of its growing opportunity pool allocation, as banks look to free up capital.

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.

Mums know best: Hogg Robinson mortality study slashes liabilities

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B2B services provider Hogg Robinson Group has undertaken a medically underwritten mortality study of its UK pension scheme members, shaving £68.4m off its liabilities.

Manchester University upgrades investment strategy

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Trustees of the Manchester University Superannuation Scheme have adopted a new liability-driven investment strategy, while dropping a UK equity mandate in favour of global equities.