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Sir Steve: Government still dragging its heels on pensions equality

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On the go: The government is still dragging its heels on pensions equality, former pensions minister Sir Steve Webb has argued.

Pension changes could result in £260bn accounting gap, says XPS

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On the go: UK companies could be understating their pension liabilities by as much as £260bn, according to XPS Pensions.

Largest ever claim dents PPF reserves

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On the go: The Pension Protection Fund’s reserves fell to £6.1bn from £6.7bn, according to its latest annual report published today, the result of a record claim from the Kodak Pension Plan No 2.

FTSE 350 pension deficit falls by £9bn in June

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On the go: The pension deficit for the UK’s 350 largest listed companies fell by £9bn to £48bn by the end of June from £57bn at the end of May, the most significant monthly improvement in funding levels since November 2018, according to Mercer.

TPR ponders mandatory professional trustee requirement

The Pensions Regulator is consulting on proposals to make it mandatory for a professional trustee to sit on every trustee board, in a bid to ramp up standards and drive consolidation.

TPR authorises four more master trusts

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On the go: The Pensions Trust, Fidelity, Standard Life and Stanplan A have gained authorisation from the Pensions Regulator, bringing the total number of approved master trusts to 10.

Aviva launches ESG default fund

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On the go: Aviva has launched a defined contribution default fund with environmental, social and governance considerations at its heart, in line with growing demand from workers.

TPR publishes new DC investment guidance

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On the go: The Pensions Regulator has updated its DC investment guidance to incorporate new regulations on environmental, social and governance risk coming into force from October 2019 and October 2020. 

UCU threaten autumn strikes after USS whistleblowing

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The University and College Union has outlined a timetable for industrial action at UK universities later this year, demanding concrete action from employers to improve pay and secure pensions.

Regulator keeping 'careful eye' on watch list of 50 schemes

The Pensions Regulator has a watch list of 50 defined benefit schemes it is most concerned about, the watchdog’s chief executive, Charles Counsell, has revealed.