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The Weekly Wrap – June 15 edition

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A round-up of the pensions news stories published across the FT Group this week – from tens of thousands of pensioners facing a reduction in their state pension, to Japan's government pension fund criticising active managers on ESG. 

Guy Opperman talks AE, the self-employed and superfunds

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Podcast: From the government's review of auto-enrolment, to the publication of its defined benefit white paper, the past 12 months have been a busy time regarding retirement saving. While a significant amount of progress has been made, plenty more is needed. In this podcast, Guy Opperman, minister for pensions and financial inclusion, discusses auto-enrolment, pensions for the self-employed and superfunds.

ITV cleared to appeal Box Clever judgment

On the go: ITV has been granted permission to appeal a court decision upholding the Pensions Regulator's ability to issue a financial support direction against the broadcaster in relation to the Box Clever scheme.

The Weekly Wrap: June 8 edition

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A round-up of the pensions news stories published across the FT Group this week – from an investigation into the impact of IT blunders, to a demand for renminbi assets among institutional investors. 

Recruitment agency admits illegally opting workers out of scheme

On the go: Seven members of senior management at recruitment company Workchain have pleaded guilty to gaining unauthorised access to computer data in order to opt the agency’s temporary workers out of its pension scheme.

The Weekly Wrap: June 1 edition

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A round-up of the pensions news stories published across the FT Group this week – from the civil service investigation into pension repayment requests, to a nude photo scandal in Oklahoma.

Titcomb to leave the Pensions Regulator

On the go: Chief executive Lesley Titcomb will be leaving the Pensions Regulator at the end of her four-year contract in February 2019.

Should member-nominated trustees be elected or selected?

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Podcast: Under the Pensions Act 2004, at least one-third of a pension scheme’s trustees should be member-nominated. David Brooks, technical director at consultancy Broadstone, and Stephen Fallowell, former MNT at the Royal Bank of Scotland Group Pension Fund and committee member of the Association of Member Nominated Trustees, debate the merits of electing trustees versus selection by panel.

TPR levies first fine on professional trustee

On the go: The regulator has disclosed that it has imposed a £3,000 fine against a professional trustee for failing to update their scheme’s register with news of their appointment.