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USS says High Court challenge has ‘no merit’

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On the go: The Universities Superannuation Scheme has said that a wide-ranging legal challenge recently brought to the High Court by university academics has “absolutely no merit”.

COP26: Schemes require robust support to make an impact

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Regulators, schemes and fund managers must put measures and checks in place to ensure that institutional investors are making “better investment decisions” to ensure sustainable investing can “thrive”, the COP26 conference has heard.

Obituary: David Weeks

David Weeks

Former co-chair of the Association of Member Nominated Trustees David Weeks has died of cancer.

Daily Mail owner nears £400m pension deal amid takeover

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On the go: A potential takeover deal of the Daily Mail and General Trust by the Rothermeres would see a sum of approximately £400m being injected into the publisher’s pension schemes, DMGT has announced.

TPR’s chair to lead investment benchmark tool for schemes

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On the go: Asset management consultancy MJ Hudson has announced the creation of an investment decision-making tool for pension schemes, which will be headed by the Pensions Regulator chair Sarah Smart.

UCU considers legal action against USS and calls for valuation pause

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The University and College Union’s general secretary has written to the Universities Superannuation Scheme’s chief executive outlining the potential for legal action against the scheme’s trustees and has called for a pause in the 2020 valuation process.

Saul to create ‘feeder’ DC scheme for new members


The Superannuation Arrangement of the University of London is set to create a new “feeder” defined contribution pension scheme as it undertakes a review of its investment strategy.

TCFD disclosures to be mandatory for UK’s largest financial institutions

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On the go: Britain’s largest companies and financial institutions will legally have to report on climate-related risks and opportunities from April 6 2022, the government has announced.

TPR to tighten supervision to steer schemes’ climate response


The Pensions Regulator is aiming to set “clear expectations” of what it wants to see from pension schemes, while increasing supervision ahead of the new requirements to comply with environmental, social and governance legislation under the Pension Schemes Act 2021.

Third of BT Pension Scheme members sign up to online portal

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On the go: One in three BT Pension Scheme members are now managing their pension through the scheme’s new online portal.