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Maps to survey schemes on dashboard challenges

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On the go: The Money and Pensions Service has commissioned qualitative research to understand the challenges pension schemes face with providing data for the pensions dashboards.

DWP: Government will not dictate schemes’ ESG investments

The government insists it is not intervening in pension scheme investment strategies with a climate change amendment to the pension schemes bill introduced earlier this month.

Nest joins campaign for Barclays fossil fuel divestment

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On the go: Master trust Nest has joined a group of institutional investors urging Barclays to publish a plan to gradually phase out its financing of fossil fuel companies.

Prospect joins calls for public pensions benefits top-ups

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On the go: Prospect is the latest union to join calls urging the government to deliver on promised benefit top-ups to public-sector schemes, which were paused due to a discrimination court case.

Contractor takes local authority to court over LGPS exit payment

A Manchester-based waste management company has brought a claim to the High Court against Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council over an alleged £13m exit credit due from the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Tax relief cut could lead to higher DB contributions

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On the go: Employers and staff might have to increase their contributions to defined benefit schemes if a rumoured cut to the 40 per cent relief for higher-rate taxpayers goes ahead, Aegon has warned.

Regulator should take ‘softly-softly’ approach to DC consolidation

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Podcast: The Pensions Regulator should take a “softly-softly” approach to defined contribution consolidation, similar to what happened with master trusts during the authorisation process, where subtle conversations occurred and schemes decided to exit in an orderly manner, according to Adrian Boulding, director of policy at Now Pensions. He and Rosalind Connor, partner at Arc Pensions Law, discuss the response from the watchdog to its consultation of the future of trusteeship and governance, among other topics.

TPR ordered to set out climate change strategy

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On the go: The government is expecting the Pensions Regulator to publish a strategy for dealing with the financial risks arising from climate change, among other requirements to integrate the Green Finance Strategy into its activities.

Pension schemes to share scams intelligence online

The Pension Scams Industry Group is working with anti-fraud organisation Cifas to launch a network of open-source information on suspicious companies and pension arrangements, which specialists say could be an important step in bringing scams under control.

Unions challenge govt delay to public scheme valuations

Two trade unions are seeking permission to launch a judicial review of the government’s decision to delay benefit top-ups due to members under the cost floor arrangement in public sector pension schemes.