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Pension superfunds could hinder insurers’ businesses

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On the go: UK pension superfunds could encroach on life insurers’ bulk purchase annuity market, as the new consolidation vehicles may present employers with a more affordable alternative, according to Fitch Ratings.

Willis Pension Scheme enters £1bn longevity swap

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On the go: The Willis Pension Scheme has entered into a £1bn longevity swap with Munich Re, covering around 3,500 members.

PPF could face new court case on benefits

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Podcast: Ian Neale, director at Aries Insight, and Sara Protheroe, chief customer officer at the Pension Protection Fund, discuss the court ruling which determined that the PPF cap is age discrimination, the interim regime for superfunds, and the implications of the new insolvency bill for pension schemes.

DWP to introduce flat-fee limits to protect small pots

The Department for Work and Pensions has concluded that a flat-fee structure implemented by some master trusts does not provide “adequate protection”, especially for lower earners, and is proposing an application limit to protect small pots.

DB trustees spend 3,000 days a year processing inefficiencies

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On the go: Defined benefit pension scheme trustees cumulatively spend 3,000 days each year monitoring processes that could be avoided by adopting a technology-led approach, new analysis shows.

Part-time judges get owed pensions as govt consults on new rules

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On the go: The Ministry of Justice is consulting on new rules for the Fee-Paid Judicial Pension Scheme in response to recent court cases, with 4,600 judges being owed past pension contributions.

United Biscuits awaits CJEU ruling in long-lasting VAT saga

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On the go: The trustees of United Biscuits’ defined benefit pension scheme are waiting for a final ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union, after the advocate general sided with HM Revenue & Customs on a long-lasting battle on value added tax.

Minister questions schemes on dashboard data readiness

UK pension schemes are being asked by the pensions minister to report on the readiness of their data for the dashboards project, but specialists argue the lack of legislation and data standards could make it difficult to obtain accurate responses.

DB employers mandated to justify further payment holidays

Trustees of defined benefit pension schemes will have to report decisions to allow sponsors to skip or delay deficit payments to the Pensions Regulator from July, as the watchdog drew fire for not insisting on this transparency from the start of its Covid-19 easements.

Regulator appoints 91 trustees during first quarter

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On the go: The Pensions Regulator has appointed 91 trustees to ensure the proper administration of pension schemes between January and March, according to new data.