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DB members could lose £25,000 to inflation increase caps

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On the go: Members could stand to lose out on £1,200 a year due to caps on inflationary increases in defined benefit schemes, amounting to £25,000 of missed income over a lifetime, according to analysis from XPS Pensions Group.

Derbyshire among funds at risk in £138mn solar farm scandal


The Derbyshire Pension Fund is among a number of public sector institutions with members’ money invested in a scandal-hit council investment project that has seen £138mn in public money go missing.

First-half bulk annuity volumes surge 50% against 2021

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On the go: The pensions risk transfer market is up 50 per cent in the first half of 2022 compared with last year’s H1 figure, with £12bn in buy-ins and buyouts making for the third-largest H1 figure on record, according to analysis from LCP.

Government presses ahead with NHS scheme uplifts

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The Department of Health and Social Care has expanded on its plans to change the way member contribution rates are calculated and decided in the NHS Pension Scheme, launching a new consultation laying out its proposed uplifts to contribution tier thresholds.

LGA calls for mandatory national insurance data in dashboards


The Local Government Association has argued that making national insurance numbers optional data will lead to a “poor experience” for pensions dashboards users, and has called for the government to make it a mandatory feature.

PASA guidance tackles ‘concerns’ over administration transfers

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On the go: The Pensions Administration Standards Association has released guidance to tackle “increasing” concerns about the transfer of administration services, citing delays, unreasonable charges and deteriorating performance during the notice period.

Insurers publish first bulk annuity ‘best practice’ guide

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On the go: UK insurers have collaborated to produce the industry’s first-ever “best practice” guide for schemes preparing for bulk annuity quotations, laying out principles by which trustees, advisers and administrators should abide.

Pension tax changes needed to save NHS from ‘rock bottom’


Podcast: Vishal Sharma, pensions committee chair at the British Medical Association, is joined by Mark Bondi, council member at the Society of Pension Professionals and senior technical consultant at Capita, to discuss the NHS, the High Court’s retail price index decision, and pension priorities for new prime minister Liz Truss.

Rise of DC poses risks and challenges for future pensioners

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Increasing reliance on defined contribution savings means the requirements of future pensioners will be markedly different from those of previous generations, placing a greater emphasis on the need for communication and support, as well as on the role of annuities, a report from the Pensions Policy Institute has revealed.

TPR’s criminal powers ‘pose risks’ to universities


The Pensions Regulator’s new criminal powers could potentially pose risks to university sponsors of defined benefit schemes, especially in light of reforms at the Universities Superannuation Scheme, legal experts have said.