Pensions news

Pensions news is a weekly summary of those pensions news items that are particularly relevant to the corporate reader.

7 May 2020

In the news this week, ONS explains how it will calculate inflation indices during and beyond lockdown, whilst large employers defer their deficit contributions and seek to temporarily reduce their DC contributions.

1 May 2020

In the news this week, the Regulator publishes its annual funding statement along with guidance on communication to members, while three buy-ins with the Just Group are announced.

24 April 2020

In the news this week, TPR continues to update its Covid-19 guidance and there is further evidence of companies seeking to suspend their deficit contributions, whilst Premier Foods is merging three of its DB schemes.

17 April 2020

In the news this week, the CMI reveals the likely impact of Covid-19 on the number of deaths, TPR publishes further guidance on enforcement, the Financial Times cuts the level of its DC matching contributions and the Co-op’s main DB scheme agrees its third buy-in for 2020.

9 April 2020

In the news this week, the pensions world continues to be dominated by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the Regulator publishing more guidance for employers, the FCA delaying the implementation of its drawdown investment pathways and two household name companies deferring (or missing) their deficit recovery contributions.

3 April 2020

In the news this week, the Covid-19 outbreak provides the common thread as the Regulator shows pragmatism in its latest guidance on DB funding/investment and DC investment, the April 2020 general levy increase is cancelled, the final GMP data cuts are delayed again, financial regulators caution savers to stay calm and two buy-ins are announced.

27 March 2020

In the news this week, with the UK in lockdown the Pensions Regulator updates its guidance on Covid-19, Parliament closes early for Easter, the FCA delays its new pension transfer advice rules and HMRC allows some temporary flexibility to processes for scheme administrators.

20 March 2020

In the news this week, the UK’s bank base rate is cut to 0.1% as the global economy and financial markets are left reeling by the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak. A statement from the Pensions Regulator for companies which are facing liquidity issues is expected imminently. The strains on scheme funding are illustrated by the USS, which has needed to report itself to TPR. Meanwhile, guidance is published on the timescales for GMP rectification and equalisation and ITV loses its legal battle and is told it must support the Box Clever pension scheme.

13 March 2020

In the news this week, the Chancellor makes changes to the tapered annual allowance, TPR publishes a statement about COVID-19, there is an emergency cut in bank base rate and illustrative regulations for collective DC schemes are published.