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Bedfordshire pools academy liabilities in bid to cut volatility

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The £2.76bn Bedfordshire Pension Fund’s committee has agreed to create a pool for its academies’ pension liabilities, in a bid to reduce the volatility caused by members entering and exiting the scheme.

Providers urge earlier introduction of Pension Wise ‘nudge’

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On the go: The Financial Conduct Authority’s new rules guiding customers to use Pension Wise before drawing down their pension, which came into force on June 1, have been criticised as “poorly timed and mismanaged” by one provider.

USS plans funding review as deficit drops to £1.6bn

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The £88.8bn Universities Superannuation Scheme has teased the possibility of increasing benefits and cutting contributions, after its latest review revealed a markedly improved funding position. 

CHC scheme trustees warn CMA of ‘seriously detrimental’ sale

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The trustees of the £181.2mn CHC Scotia Pension Scheme have told the Competition and Markets Authority that its recent intervention risks being “seriously detrimental to the interests of the scheme and its members”.

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.

New SPP president targets DC outcomes

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

Water Companies scheme trustee stands firm over surplus transfer

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David Sankey, chair of the £710mn Water Companies Pension Scheme, has assured MPs that the trustee has fulfilled its duties with respect to the planned transfer of the Bristol Water section’s surplus to its sponsor.

Brookfield to safeguard HomeServe DB pensions in £4bn deal

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On the go: Canadian asset manager Brookfield has said that it will retain repair business HomeServe’s current defined benefit pensions arrangements, following the announced agreement of a £4bn takeover of the company.

Capita Pensions Solutions narrows 2020 losses with restatement

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On the go: Capita Pensions Solutions has cut its 2020 pre-tax losses by £200,000 after revenues and costs from a 2017 contract were retrospectively recognised in its income statement.

Ombudsman denies Prudential £50k claim after failed sharing order

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A former member of the Ryland Group Pension Scheme will not have to reimburse Prudential after the provider botched the administration of his pension sharing order, the Pensions Ombudsman ruled in March.