Latest articles from Stephanie Hawthorne

Regulator reveals 45 per cent rise in dormant pots over 2018

The Pensions Regulator has uncovered a massive rise in the number of dormant defined contribution pots resulting from the introduction of auto-enrolment.

Public sector pension bill to rise to £4bn a year after court ruling

On the go: The taxpayer could face extra public sector pension costs of £4bn a year following a court ruling last year that the government discriminated against younger judges and firefighters in both the Firefighters and Judicial Pension Schemes.

UK retirees in the EU could see their state pension frozen, warns Altmann

On the go: Hundreds of thousands of UK citizens who have retired to the EU could lose out on state pension increases if there is a no deal Brexit, former pensions minister Ros Altmann has warned.

UK’s EU pensions liabilities could reach €9.75bn

On the go: The UK’s share of the EU’s pension is liabilities could be as much as €9.75bn (£8.52bn), Lord Bates told Parliament on Monday.

PLSA: Shareholders’ resolutions against FTSE directors’ pay triple

On the go: Shareholder activism is on the rise. Across Britain’s major companies in the FTSE 350, 148 annual meeting resolutions attracted ‘significant’ dissent levels across 82 different companies in 2018, recent research has shown. Executive pay and directors’ election were the top areas of concern.

Data crunch: Do better returns trump greater contributions?

One of pensions’ great conundrums is the question of whether the size of contributions or investment performance has the greater impact on the size of the pension pot. Hargreaves Lansdown has researched this very point, but its answers are not without controversy.

Pension freedoms see more than £7bn withdrawn in 2018

On the go: The UK’s fondness for pension freedoms continues unabated with £1.9bn withdrawn from pension schemes under flexible pension rules in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to the latest HMRC  figures published on Friday.

XPS: ‘GMP equalisation will be less costly than feared’

On the go: The cost of addressing inequality in guaranteed minimum pensions may be a lot lower than expected at less than 1 per cent of total liabilities for over half of all schemes, according to consultancy XPS Pensions.

IFS: Bad assumptions damage annuity value assessment

On the go: Declining annuity sales are driven by individuals consistently underestimating how long they will live, according to new research form the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Schools and colleges warn of ruinous £1.1bn pension hike as DfE consults

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The survival of some state schools, colleges, universities and independent schools is threatened by the £1.1bn rise in the employers’ contribution to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme from September 1 2019.