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Aon’s merger with Willis Towers Watson to create $80bn giant

Aon and Willis Towers Watson have agreed on a merger, which will see the companies creating the UK’s largest pensions consulting firm and a worldwide insurance broker worth $80bn (£61bn).

Smart Pension to take on Welplan Pensions Master Trust

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On the go: Welplan Pensions Master Trust is consolidating with Smart Pension, after a decision not to seek master trust authorisation.

Flybe DB scheme outside of pensions lifeboat jurisdiction

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On the go: Members of the Flybe’s defined benefit scheme will not be entitled to compensation from the Pension Protection Fund, as the pension fund is based in the Isle of Man.

Professionals support switch to CPIH with no compensation

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On the go: More than a third of pension professionals support a switch from the retail price index to the consumer price index incorporating owner occupier housing costs with no compensation, new research shows.

Webb: Budget must deliver for doctors

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Podcast: Former pensions minister Steve Webb argued that “it would be astonishing” if the March 11 Budget does not bring a solution to the issues caused by the tapered annual allowance for doctors and senior clinicians. Sir Steve, now partner at Lane Clark & Peacock, and Lydia Fearn, head of defined contribution and financial well-being at Redington, discuss, among other topics, the possible changes for pensions to be introduced by the chancellor.

General levy uplift to cost private schemes £4.9m in first year

Private sector pension schemes will see their general levy bill increase by £4.9m in 2020-21 as the government has confirmed a hike of 10 per cent to overcome a shortfall in funding in future years will go ahead.

Xylem completes £255m bulk annuity deal

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On the go: Trustees of the Xylem UK Pension Plan have completed a £255m buy-in with Rothesay Life.

Mortality rates see highest reduction since 2011

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On the go: Mortality rates in England and Wales were on average 3.8 per cent lower in 2019 than in 2018, which is the largest annual fall in mortality rates since 2011, new data showed.

Local authorities to have ‘absolute discretion’ on LGPS exit credits

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On the go: Local authorities will have “absolute discretion” in determining the amount of any exit credit payment due to employers in the Local Government Pension Scheme, the government has said.

New criminal sanctions not meant to disrupt businesses, Govt claims

The government has guaranteed that new criminal sanctions introduced in the pensions schemes bill are not intended to disrupt legitimate corporate activity, but has refused to revise “widely” worded powers to go after those linked to defined benefit schemes.