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Lecturers strike again over USS benefit cuts

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On the go: Staff at 44 institutions are to walk out once again over planned benefit cuts to the Universities Superannuation Scheme.

L&G ‘well advanced’ with commercial dashboard development


Legal & General is “well advanced” with the development of a commercial dashboard, building on the work done in the alpha and beta stages of the Pensions Dashboards Programme.

Government must set a timeline for auto-enrolment expansion


Podcast: Now Pensions’ head of PR and campaigns, Samantha Gould, is joined by Linklaters pensions partner John Sheppard to discuss auto-enrolment, pensions dashboards, and illiquid investments by defined contribution schemes.

Weekly Roundup: Time’s running out for USS valuation deal


This week – UUK warns time is running out as USS deadline looms, the government is set to consult on ‘levelling up’ LGPS targets, The People’s Pension slams DWP’s plan to introduce single flat charging, and a new survey finds a third of savers have ‘very little trust’ in the pensions industry.

Employers and union at loggerheads as USS deadline looms


Employer representatives have again criticised the University and College Union as the deadline for avoiding “unaffordable” contribution rate hikes in the Universities Superannuation Scheme approaches.

Survey finds ‘overall lack of trust’ in the pensions industry

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On the go: Last year saw a small rise in members’ trust in pensions, but almost a third (31.5 per cent) still have “no or very little trust” in the industry, according to a Trafalgar House survey.

Madeline Forrester appointed PPI chair of council

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On the go: The Pensions Policy Institute has appointed Madeline Forrester as its new chair of council.

Call for evidence on state pension age changes as costs mount

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On the go: The independent review of the state pension age has published a call for evidence seeking views on the fairness, sustainability and affordability of the system.

Sole trusteeship to achieve ‘significant growth’ in 2022


Data crunch: The professional corporate sole trusteeship model is expected to have a ‘very positive’ impact on scheme governance in 2022, with smaller plans being the quickest on the uptake, a Ross Trustees survey finds.

Climate change could impact sponsor cash flow and longevity

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On the go: Climate change could have significant impact on sponsor covenant, hitting cash flows and potentially impacting sponsor longevity, according to a report from the Employer Covenant Practitioners Association.