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Kier schemes agree cut to deficit contributions as funding improves

The trustees of construction company Kier Group’s defined benefit pension plans have agreed a new payment schedule, to reduce sponsor contributions as the schemes approach full funding.

BT Pension Scheme sets ambitious 2035 net-zero goal

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The UK’s largest private sector pension scheme now aims to be one of the greenest, with a new goal to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2035 across its £55bn portfolio.

Camden grills manager as ESG pressure mounts

The £1.7bn Camden Pension Fund has placed one of its managers under review over concerns that it would not be able to comply with the scheme’s climate risk reporting requirements.

Authorised master trusts look ahead to supervision

The newly authorised master trust sector is bracing itself for a further increase in regulatory scrutiny as the supervision regime takes hold, since one-to-one supervision and annual statement requirements could amount to something approaching a “mini-authorisation” once a year.

Morgan Sindall ditches ‘pension’ in comms to boost engagement

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Construction and regeneration group Morgan Sindall has described the boost to pensions engagement it saw after revamping its member communications, notably replacing mentions of ‘pension’ with ‘retirement saving’.

AkzoNobel valuation results in £550m Q1 funding call

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Many UK and overseas firms with UK legacy pensions schemes are having to dig deep to bring them back on the road to recovery. One stark example is that of AkzoNobel, which made massive scheme top-ups in the first quarter of this year.

Anglo American dials down equities even further

The UK defined benefit schemes of mining multinational Anglo American have halved their already minimal exposure to equities, as the plans near self-sufficiency and reduced risk.

John Laing divests asset-backed funding from former sponsor

The John Laing Pension Fund has sold its remaining stake in infrastructure company John Laing Environmental Assets Group, a holding initially contributed to the scheme as part of a contingent funding plan in 2015.

Doctors express anger at NHS scheme failings

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The leviathan NHS Pension Scheme is under fire again, with a Byzantine labyrinth of responsibilities, administration failings, and frustrations at government pensions policy infuriating medical staff.

LGPS funds strive to make an impact with build to rent

A minor revolution is taking place in town halls across the country. Local authority pension funds are changing tack, eschewing traditional equities for alternatives, and looking to make a difference with their allocations.