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DWP fails to end transfer ‘war’ between PensionBee and providers


Attempts by the Department for Work and Pensions and the Pensions Regulator to clarify the intent behind rules governing pension transfers have failed to settle the matter between PensionBee and providers it accused of wrongdoing, as critics say intent does not trump law.

Employers call for UCU backing over USS governance review

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On the go: Universities UK, the group representing 340 Universities Superannuation Scheme employers, has called for the backing of the University and College Union over the scheme's governance review.

DWP’s consultation on DB funding regulations expected in July

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On the go: A long-awaited Department for Work and Pensions consultation into regulations underpinning the new defined benefit funding code is expected towards the end of July, putting the code on track to launch in late 2023, according to a spokesperson from the Pensions Regulator.

Aon and Mercer issue ‘urgent’ call to action over LDI strategies

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Consultancies Aon and Mercer have urged pension schemes, trustees and sponsors to prepare to intervene to protect their schemes, as bond market volatility puts strain on liability-driven investment strategies.

PensionBee reports providers to DWP alleging transfer rules abuse


PensionBee has reported a number of providers to the Department for Work and Pensions, accusing them of exploiting regulatory loopholes to obstruct and delay transfers.

HMRC clarifies tax treatment of GMP arrears

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On the go: HM Revenue & Customs has set out the tax treatment for arrears and interest when equalising for guaranteed minimum pension, explaining the circumstances under which there is an obligation to deduct tax.

Origo launches pensions dashboard connector

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On the go: Fintech company Origo is to launch its own pensions dashboard connector in September, giving providers an interface with the dashboards that enables them to respond to user requests and provide pensions data.

Schemes will have a tough job weighing up discretionary increases


Podcast: Aon partner Lynda Whitney and Pensions Management Institute director of policy and external affairs Tim Middleton discuss the impact of inflation on schemes’ discretionary increases, the progress of the McCloud remedy and schemes’ dashboard readiness.

LGPS escapes McCloud cost-cap breach

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On the go: The Local Government Pension Scheme in England and Wales, alongside its Scottish and Northern Irish equivalents, has avoided the cost-cap breach suffered by a number of other public sector schemes resulting from the impact of the McCloud remedy cost on their 2016 valuations.

Weekly Roundup: Our time is running out

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This week – Industry slams the DWP’s dashboards launch date proposals, more calls for clarity over TPR’s new enforcement powers, the BMA pushes for the expedition of the McCloud remedy and the introduction of pension recycling, and B&CE and a building company given a ticking off from the ombudsman.