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MPs approve Dominic Harris as new Pensions Ombudsman

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On the go: The Work and Pensions Committee has approved the appointment of CMS partner Dominic Harris as the next Pensions Ombudsman.

Ombudsman’s anti-scam unit working on 48 cases

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On the go: The Pensions Ombudsman’s new anti-scams unit, launched in November, is currently working on 48 cases with assets of more than £40mn under consideration.

DB schemes reach 120% funding

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On the go: The aggregate surplus of the 5,215 defined benefit schemes in the Pension Protection Fund 7800 Index increased by £6.3bn in June, reaching a funding position of 120.1 per cent.

DWP recommends CMS partner as new Pensions Ombusdman

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On the go: The Department for Work and Pensions has announced that CMS partner Dominic Harris is the preferred candidate for the Pensions Ombudsman.

Almost half of LGPS funds expect to be fully funded by next valuation

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On the go: Forty-six per cent of Local Government Pension Scheme funds expect to be more than 100 per cent funded at their next triennial actuarial valuation, according to new research.

Guy Opperman reappointed pensions minister

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Guy Opperman has agreed to return to his pensions minister post until a new leader of the Conservative party is elected.

Opperman: AE reforms are ‘doable’ by 2025

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On the go: Pensions minister Guy Opperman remains committed to introducing auto-enrolment reform, noting that implementation of new legislation is “doable” by 2025.

Opperman blames Webb for state pension errors

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On the go: Pensions minister Guy Opperman has blamed Sir Steve Webb for the litany of state pension failures the Department for Work and Pensions is now dealing with.

Small schemes disappoint on value for money requirements

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CPD: Despite new requirements that dictate small schemes need to access the value for money they provide to members, only a handful are complying with the rules, Maria Espadinha reports.

Two-thirds of small schemes unaware of VfM requirements

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On the go: The majority of schemes with less than £100mn in assets were unaware of their new value for money duties, with the Pensions Regulator prompting these pension funds to “either wind up or take prompt action to make improvements”.