Latest articles from Tom Higgins

Ombudsman orders employer to rectify incorrect contributions

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On the go: The Pensions Ombudsman has ordered an employer to pay contributions into an employee’s Nest pension, more than three years after deductions had been made from his pay.

FCA proposes long-term asset fund and illiquid investment reforms


The Financial Conduct Authority is set to broaden the distribution of long-term asset funds within the pensions sector to self-select options and will push ahead with plans to lift the 35 per cent illiquid investment cap.

Gender pensions gap is present in every UK industry

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On the go: Every industry in the UK has a gender pensions gap, including those dominated by female workers, according to new research. Legal & General also confirmed that women can expect a pension pot that is half the size of men’s pots, regardless of their industry.

PASA encourages additional checks for dashboards ‘value data’

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On the go: The Pensions Administration Standards Association has issued guidance on ‘value data’ for pension dashboards, advising providers that this “complex” area of the dashboard programme will require additional backend calculations and preparedness.

‘Fundamental duties’ overlooked as claimant misses 12 years of benefits

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The Pensions Ombudsman has partially upheld a complaint against the trustee of the Midcounties Co-operative Pension Scheme, criticising the scheme's record keeping, but fell short of awarding the applicant the 12 years’ worth of entitlements he sought.