Latest articles from Stephanie Hawthorne

DWP maintains £10,000 earnings threshold for 2019-2020

On the go: The Department for Work and Pensions has announced that the earnings threshold for auto-enrolment into a workplace pension is to be frozen at £10,000 for 2019-2020.

Govt and scheme decision-makers told to tread with caution on CDC

Collective defined contribution schemes could produce a higher and more certain retirement income than individual DC schemes, but there are also many potential issues to consider, including intergenerational unfairness and governance problems, the Pensions Policy Institute has highlighted.

Only one in 100 members wants paper comms, finds BAA scheme

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The BAA Pension Scheme’s digital push on communications has led to virtually the entire membership opting to switch to electronic information.

Only 39% of young savers confident about retirement prospects

Young savers in the UK are in danger of being left in the lurch when it comes to retirement planning, a recent survey has shown, with experts mooting auto-escalation and better financial education as possible solutions to a looming crisis in the decades ahead.

Field and PPF concerned over Johnston Press deal

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Frank Field and the Pension Protection Fund have raised concerns over the Johnston Press rescue deal, which triggered a PPF assessment period for its defined benefit pension scheme.

600 Group completes buy-in ahead of scheme wind-up

UK engineering company 600 Group has derisked its 2,800-member defined benefit pension scheme with a $270m (£210m) buy-in policy from the Pension Insurance Corporation before moving to full buyout next year.

ACA and Royal London call for radical simplification of DB rights

Consumers and employers could reap substantial benefits if the complex patchwork of defined benefit pension rights could be radically simplified, according to a recent policy paper.

GMP ruling could see £50bn of buy-ins restructured

News On the Go

On the go: Insurers are set to be deluged with a flood of requests to restructure buy-in contracts as a result of the High Court decision in the Lloyds Banking case, which held that guaranteed minimum pensions must be equal for men and women.

AE savings rate undershoots by 5 per cent a year, says Fidelity

News On the Go

On the go: Workers in the UK need to save a total of 13 per cent of their annual household income from the age of 25 and aim to have seven times their annual household income saved by age 68, according to Fidelity International.

UK employees set to work until they drop

On the go: The number of “early retirees” is at a 23-year low, according to latest employment figures from the Office for National Statistics, signalling that despite vestiges of ageism the older worker is in the ascendant.