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Timms backs members amid ‘slow’ Norton resolution

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Stephen Timms, chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, has written to the Pensions Regulator to describe the “frustratingly slow” process facing members of the schemes of which funds were invested in Norton Motorcycles, as well as complaints about communications from the trustee, Dalriada.

Capital build-up sees Lloyds make extra £500mn deficit contribution

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On the go: Lloyds Banking Group has made £1.3bn in deficit contributions to its three main defined benefit pension schemes.

Equities drive fiduciary management performance in 2021

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On the go: Fiduciary managers depended on a strong performance by equity markets to drive returns in 2021, helping most to outperform a key benchmark.

Employer contributions may lag NI LGPS growth, GAD finds

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On the go: Tax-backed employers may struggle to maintain their contributions in line with the Northern Ireland Local Government Pension Scheme’s growth, the Government Actuary’s Department has found.

Railpen: Member engagement is vital for schemes’ ESG strategies


Engaging a member with their environmental, social and governance-invested savings can be difficult when they do not know what ESG is.

Engagement essential for schemes to turn the tide on plastic waste


The role pension schemes play in overcoming plastic pollution is multifaceted, and communicating it with members only adds another layer of complexity, experts warn.

Is now the time for schemes to consider natural capital?


More thematic funds are creating opportunities for schemes to engage with natural capital, but the need for more robust frameworks is paramount, experts claim.

The metrics of a sustainable future

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Data is both the key and a barrier to greener portfolios, making sustainability metrics a troublesome area for trustees.

Schemes unsure where to start with net zero pledges

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Net zero pledges are now one of the industry’s most pressing challenges and, while progress is being made, significant barriers remain, inhibiting many pension schemes from making environmental commitments.