IR35 could be employment minefield

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Many employers are ill-prepared for the pensions fallout of a complex new tax fairness rule that comes into force in just six weeks’ time, experts have warned.

Contractor takes local authority to court over LGPS exit payment

A Manchester-based waste management company has brought a claim to the High Court against Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council over an alleged £13m exit credit due from the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Hundreds of thousands of micro pots suffer remorseless attrition

Data crunch: Eight years after the auto-enrolment revolution, millions of workers’ pensions are left languishing in master trusts when they move jobs.

Pension schemes to share scams intelligence online

The Pension Scams Industry Group is working with anti-fraud organisation Cifas to launch a network of open-source information on suspicious companies and pension arrangements, which specialists say could be an important step in bringing scams under control.

Unions challenge govt delay to public scheme valuations

Two trade unions are seeking permission to launch a judicial review of the government’s decision to delay benefit top-ups due to members under the cost floor arrangement in public sector pension schemes.

Comment & Analysis

Big shake-up to pensions taxation would change it for worse

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Willis Towers Watson’s David Robbins explains why the current pensions tax relief system works for most people, and how making changes is easier said than done.

Schemes at risk from dwindling IFA transfer market

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It pays for schemes to beat the rush when looking for an independent financial adviser to handle projects such as liability management exercises, says Buck’s Mark van den Berghen, adding that in the current regulatory environment due diligence on IFAs is paramount.

Government's latest green push should come as no surprise

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ShareAction's Fergus Moffatt hits out at suggestions the government's proposal to force climate-related disclosure encroaches on schemes' investment freedoms, and says trustees should have nothing to fear from greater transparency.

Videos & Podcasts

Regulator should take ‘softly-softly’ approach to DC consolidation

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Podcast: The Pensions Regulator should take a “softly-softly” approach to defined contribution consolidation, similar to what happened with master trusts during the authorisation process, where subtle conversations occurred and schemes decided to exit in an orderly manner, according to Adrian Boulding, director of policy at Now Pensions. He and Rosalind Connor, partner at Arc Pensions Law, discuss the response from the watchdog to its consultation of the future of trusteeship and governance, among other topics.

Govt and regulators urged to review chair statements

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Podcast: Government and regulators should rethink schemes’ chair statements, as they have become a regulatory compliance tool for the pensions industry, according to Darren Philp, director of policy and communications at Smart Pension, and Judith Fish, professional trustee at Dalriada Trustees. The experts discuss, among other subjects, the recent fine received by the Financial Conduct Authority from the Pensions Regulator due to pension failures.

Vegan case flags importance of heeding members

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Podcast: Trustees and employers should consult members on their beliefs, and incorporate the investment views of the majority in their pension default fund, according to Romi Savova, chief executive at PensionBee, and David Brooks, technical director at Broadstone. The experts discuss the impacts of a landmark ruling finding that veganism is a philosophical belief, alongside other topics, in this week’s podcast.