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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.

Aftermath of Covid-19: New ways of working for the LGPS


CPD: As we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic with growing confidence in a new environment for pensions, Hymans Robertson’s Catherine McFadyen considers the lasting impact of Covid-19 on the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Weekly Roundup: Bosses blank Opperman


This week – Business leaders ignore Opperman’s workplace savings appeal, the NHS sends out almost 3,000 erroneous pension statements, perceptions of the Pensions Regulator’s performance quality deteriorate last year, and Hymans Robertson proposes AE credits for people during career breaks.

Partial AE reform should be prioritised before long-term fix


Podcast: Sackers partner Helen Ball and Mark Ormston, chair of the Industry Policy Committee at the Pensions Administration Standards Association, discuss auto-enrolment, online safety and the proposed value for money framework.

Tackling net zero, consolidation and diversity


CPD: Liam Wyatt looks back at the key topics that emerged during Pensions Expert’s DB and DC Pensions Management Summit, including the practicalities of net zero, DC scheme consolidation, and diversity within the pensions space.

Weekly Roundup: Queen’s crown annoys protesters

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This week – Queen’s Speech measures spark street protests, BBC appeals to High Court to change its DB  benefits, experts warn DWP’s plans to promote illiquids in DC could up costs for members, and 60 per cent of schemes admit they do not expect to meet net zero goals.

First superfund deal could happen before end of 2022


CPD: Superfunds have long been mooted as a possible solution for defined benefit schemes where an employer’s covenant is weak or there exists a danger of insolvency. They are now set to move from the drawing board to reality this year, reports Stephanie Hawthorne.

Weekly Roundup: TPR reworks ‘Crime and Punishment’


This week – TPR consolidates punishments for undefined crimes into a single document, schemes weigh up the cost of discretionary pension increases, Nest Insight reveals practically nobody has signed up for its sidecar savings product, and a third of employees want paid-for pensions consultations.

Uncertainty around inflation leads to ‘casino pensions’


Podcast: Pension Playpen chief executive Steve Goddard is joined by Cardano managing director Emily Goodridge to discuss inflation, technology in pensions, and the future of environmental, social and governance disclosure.