Latest articles from Sarah Cowburn

How schemes can protect their members online

Trustees must be extra vigilant in their assessment of online platforms and review data-handling processes to protect members from the growing threat of cyber crime, experts have said.

First Aberdeen drivers see pensionable pay drop

FirstGroup changed the basis for its calculation of pensionable pay last year to comply with auto-enrolment legislation, but the nationwide shift has disproportionately impacted the benefits of First Aberdeen bus drivers.

Clwyd completes strategic overhaul on the back of strong returns

Clwyd Pension Fund reaped rewards during 2015 as it implemented the final pieces of a strategic overhaul aimed at reducing costs and risk without compromising returns.

LGPS 2016: Three key strands shaping the scheme's future

The Local Government Pension Scheme has a big year ahead but how have recent developments changed the forward trajectory for local authority funds?

FT chooses new provider as DC governance debate rumbles on


Employers eyeing a transition into a contract-based defined contribution arrangement must consider the impact of a shift away from trust-based governance on members and administration, experts have said.


How UK plc is responding to the challenges of an ageing workforce

Data Analysis: UK employers are waking up to the reality of increasing longevity but government, the pensions industry and individuals need to redouble their efforts in order to combat the financial risks it poses.

LPFA confronts employer risk through covenant monitoring

Keeping a constant eye on the financial strength of employers has brought the London Pensions Fund Authority £310m worth of guarantees, assurances and cash since its 2013 triennial valuation.

Long-term view clouded by uncertainty for LGPS

Long-term risk-reduction planning remains the priority for the Local Government Pension Scheme, but growing uncertainty about the future is making it difficult for member funds to carve out strategic objectives.


MiFID II: LGPS retail label could stymie alternative investments

Local government pension funds could find themselves reclassified as retail investors from 2017 under an upcoming European directive, raising questions over schemes’ access to certain investment strategies.


Autumn Statement could blow icy winds for LGPS

An anticipated hit to local authority funding in the government's Autumn Statement next month is threatening to ratchet up the pressure on the Local Government Pension Scheme.