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Government figures show drop in persistency of saving

The amount saved into workplace pensions rose by £4.3bn to £90.3bn in 2017, according to new government data, but a slight drop in the persistency of saving last year has raised concerns.

Seeking members' ethical views could muddy DB waters, experts say

The Environmental Audit Committee has proposed a requirement for schemes to actively seek the views of members when producing a statement of investment principles, a move experts say could complicate matters for defined benefit trustees.

S&N scheme to review impact of pubs takeover

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Trustees of the Scottish & Newcastle Pension Plan will be assessing the impact of a recent corporate acquisition made by the pension scheme’s parent company Heineken UK, as part of a full covenant review this year.

Are you right for the role?

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Editorial: Opinions are divided over whether selection panels trump elections when appointing member-nominated trustees.

Not out of the woods

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Editorial: FTSE 100 schemes are finally reporting a surplus, but do not be fooled – significant funding deficits and risks to members’ benefits remain.

FTSE 100 schemes in surplus, but experts warn that risks remain

FTSE 100 pension schemes have reflected a year-end accounting surplus for the first time since the financial crash, according to consultancy LCP, but experts say trustees and sponsors should continue to be prudent in case of potential future market downturns.

Pension funds are making good progress with ESG, says Brunel CEO

Pension funds are making good progress when it comes to responsible investment, according to the £29bn Brunel Pension Partnership’s chief executive Dawn Turner.

Government consults on reforms to NDA schemes

The government has launched a consultation on its approach to reforming two schemes within the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s group, after proposals for a bespoke career average revalued earnings scheme were accepted by unions in 2017.

Regulator rebuked for 'feeble' response to Carillion underfunding


Carillion’s corporate culture was at the heart of the contractor’s collapse, MPs have concluded, but the Pensions Regulator has also come under fire for “failing in all its objectives” regarding the company’s pension funds.

EasyJet pilots engagement strategy for DC members

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Airline EasyJet has adapted its pension communication approach to cater to the working patterns of pilot and cabin crew employees, by making information clear and easily accessible for members on the move.