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More sponsors in talks with government over CDC

A handful of corporate entities have held exploratory discussions with the Department for Work and Pensions on collective defined contribution schemes, according to the department's defined benefit strategy team leader Julian Barker.

How can we restore trust in pensions?

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Analysis: Savers have long remained detached and bemused by their pension arrangements. Indeed, the success of auto-enrolment has partly depended upon consumer inertia.

One-fifth of FTSE 350 companies do not declare DB funding positions

Employers should be legally required to disclose their defined benefit scheme deficits on a technical provisions basis, along with details of the associated recovery plan durations and contributions agreed, Lincoln Pensions has said.

Enfield cuts equities for MAC following review

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The Enfield Pension Fund’s policy and investment committee has agreed to move £50m into multi-asset credit from equities, following a comprehensive review of its fixed income portfolio with its investment adviser.

NHS pensions delayed after in-house admin transition

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NHS workers are experiencing delays when claiming their pensions, owing to glitches after payroll administration was moved in-house from third-party administrator Equiniti.

Whitbread expected to plug deficit following Costa sale

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Leisure group Whitbread is likely to fill the deficit in its defined benefit scheme after having agreed the sale of coffee chain Costa to drinks group Coca-Cola, according to Numis broker Tim Barrett.

LPFA looks to build on latest property allocation

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The London Pensions Fund Authority will cut the ribbon next year on the Pontoon Dock, a residential property project incorporating 154 high quality privately rented homes and 82 affordable homes available for rental or shared ownership.

Regulator tells schemes to consider cutting transfer values

The Pensions Regulator asked the trustees of 14 defined benefit schemes to review their transfer processes and consider cutting transfer values for members considering cashing in their benefits.

Michael Johnson: Replace pensions tax relief with bonuses

In a bid to make pensions saving more progressive, the Centre for Policy Studies has recommended substituting tax relief on pensions for capped bonuses on individual and employers’ retirement contributions.

Rhondda Cynon Taf approves plan for alternatives

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The Rhondda Cynon Taf Pension Fund has agreed to wind down its lofty equity exposure in favour of new allocations to absolute return bonds and infrastructure.