Latest articles from Benjamin Mercer

Challenges of green regulation should not be underestimated

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On the go: More than a quarter of defined benefit pension schemes are only aiming for minimum compliance with new rules and regulations around climate change, the challenge of which should not be underestimated, LCP has warned.

Self-employed pension contributions rise despite pandemic impact

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On the go: Scheme members are paying more into their pensions in 2021 than in 2020, with the largest monthly contributions coming from the self-employed, according to figures from PensionBee.

PASA updates GMP guidance in light of Lloyds 2020 judgment

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The Pensions Administration Standards Association has updated its guaranteed minimum pension equalisation to account for the Lloyds 2020 judgment, setting out the role of transferring schemes and receiving plans in individual transfers.

Master trusts to hit £461bn by 2029

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Data crunch: The master trust sector is set to become the fastest-growing market segment in workplace DC by 2029, largely thanks to contributions from auto-enrolled members and consolidation of single employer trusts.

Ombudsman criticises civil service pensions administrator

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The Pensions Ombudsman has partially upheld a complaint brought against MyCSP, which administers Civil Service Pensions, for causing “significant distress” in its handling of an overpayment case.

Employer seeks £265,000 in damages from Plumbing Pensions

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A plumbing employer has filed a summons at the Court of Session in Edinburgh seeking more than £265,000 in damages from Plumbing Pensions over its alleged repeated failures to manage the scheme’s Section 75 debt.

Weekly Roundup: A bad week for the DWP

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This week – DWP loses court battle on PPF cap, PHSO takes aim at the department over ‘maladministration’, USS employers pledge greater covenant support, and government U-turns on minimum pension age.

Too much jargon hampers sustainable investing drive

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Podcast: Georgia Stewart, chief executive of Tumelo, and Chris Hulatt, co-founder of Octopus Group, talk sustainability, inter-generational fairness and cryptocurrencies.

Too much jargon hampers sustainable investing drive

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Podcast: Georgia Stewart, chief executive of Tumelo, and Chris Hulatt, co-founder of Octopus Group, talk sustainability, inter-generational fairness and cryptocurrencies.

Ombudsman slaps fine on ‘reckless’ trustee for multiple breaches

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The Pensions Ombudsman has upheld a complaint against the trustee of a small pension scheme for multiple breaches of trust and instances of malpractice, while demanding they reimburse the scheme to the tune of hundreds of thousands of pounds.