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Cost scrutiny intensifies as TTF calls for select committee inquiry

The Work and Pensions Select Committee has been asked to launch a fresh inquiry into charges levied on pension savings, as campaigners warned price inefficiencies reach far beyond investment costs.

Telegraph welcomes smart beta addition to TDFs

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Telegraph Media Group has welcomed the downside protection brought in by the addition of smart beta to its default defined contribution target date funds, despite concerns over hidden dangers within the investment style.

Babcock takes member comms online to boost efficiency

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The Babcock International Group Pension Scheme is moving its communications online in an attempt to cut costs, boost efficiency and better reflect the preferences of members.

Berkshire saves 600 hours with automated data exchange

The Royal County of Berkshire Pension Fund saved an estimated 604.1 hours of administrative work over six months, and ended its struggles with updating member data by introducing an automated data exchange.

Royal Mail closure consultation could see strike action

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Royal Mail Group has begun consulting with active members on closing its section of the Royal Mail Pension Plan, spurring the threat of industrial action from unions if the sponsor does not react positively to their concerns.

DB outlook 2017: Investment problems remain as deficits dip

Defined benefit deficits worsened during December to an aggregate IAS 19 deficit of £434bn, as experts added an uptick in inflation to their concerns for pension funds over the course of 2017.

Is good pensions practice drowning in policy consultations?

From the blog: The run up to Christmas saw a flurry of political activity to cap off what has been an exhausting year, with two separate Department for Work and Pensions consultation launches complemented by the Work and Pensions Select Committee’s report on defined benefit.

 

Indeed, a cursory glance at the DWP’s website reveals that there have been almost twice as many pension consultation announcements released over the year than the pre-2016 average.

 

Plenty of stories to keep financial journalists busy then, but are schemes able to keep up with the sheer pace of legislative review and change?

 

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Select committee: Scare negligent employers into funding with 'nuclear' fines

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The Work and Pensions Select Committee has called for “nuclear deterrent” fines – tripling the amount currently payable – to be levied against employers seen to be shirking pension responsibilities, in its report into defined benefit pensions.

Discrimination, indexation and tax relief's survival: Top law and regulation stories from 2016

Year in review: As if Brexit didn’t pose enough challenges, regulators, lawyers and two successive pensions ministers have had a lot on their plate in 2016.

2017 AE review will ignore adequacy but include charge cap

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced the scope of its 2017 review of auto-enrolment, including a reconsideration of the charge cap on defined contribution default funds.