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TPR predicts improvements in funding levels

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Pension schemes with recent valuation dates are expected to achieve improved funding levels, the Pensions Regulator has predicted, while many schemes in deficit should be able to maintain or reduce deficit repair contributions.

UK pension schemes still caught in Russian crossfire

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CPD: Stephanie Hawthorne reports on the complexities of divestment as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues with no sign of peace on the horizon.

New SPP president targets DC outcomes


The Society of Pension Professionals’ new president, Steve Hitchiner, has demanded greater focus on outcomes for defined contribution scheme members.

Aegon and LCP criticise ‘damaging’ FRC dashboard proposals


Aegon and LCP have issued stern rebukes of the Financial Reporting Council’s proposals for calculating pensions projections for the dashboards, with Aegon arguing that the FRC’s preferred methodology would “damage the whole intention behind dashboards”.

Weekly Roundup: Stop getting old

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This week – Annuities make a slow comeback, trustees complain TPR’s new single code is causing them anxiety, regulators decide there should be a ‘consistent and structured’ approach to value for money, and a judge invokes a precedent from 1843 in a lawsuit against the USS.

Pension fund focus on ESG opens questions over insurer back books

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Billions of assets purchased by insurers to back UK retirement promises have the potential to drive corporate progress on issues such as climate change, and pension fund trustees are now indicating a willingness to pay extra for better stewardship.

Civil service to hold pensions strike vote

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On the go: The civil service and related public sector areas are set to vote on industrial action over pay, pensions and redundancy terms this autumn. 

Record numbers of FTSE 350 DB schemes are in surplus

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More than six in 10 FTSE 350 defined benefit scheme sponsors have reported a pensions accounting surplus as at the end of 2021, while the aggregate surplus has almost doubled in the past months.

Trustees warn single code will be significant resource drain


Uncertainty over the forthcoming changes in the Pensions Regulator’s new single code of practice is causing anxiety among trustees, as they expect it to have a huge impact on their time and resources.