Pensions news

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

20 December 2019

In the news this week, the ECJ rules on pension benefits in the event of employer insolvency, the PPF confirms its 2020/21 levy estimate and launches a consultation on insolvency risk, there is no change to the Government’s pension posts nor to its Pension Schemes Bill, Equitable Life gains final approval for its business transfer, the FCA increases duties for IGCs and more de-risking transactions are announced.

13 December 2019

In the news this week, Frank Field loses his seat and so will no longer chair the Work and Pensions Committee, we anticipate the return of the Pension Schemes Bill, the CMA’s rules come into force, Mothercare restructures its business and DB liabilities, whilst the ONS releases data on private pension wealth.

6 December 2019

In the news this week, French workers strike over pension reforms whilst Unilever proposes changes to its UK pension benefits.

29 November 2019

In the news this week, the Regulator provides some timely guidance, the Conservatives publish their manifesto, HMRC seeks to encourage members to declare their annual allowance charges and another large buy-in is announced.

22 November 2019

In the news this week, there are increased requirements on transfers from DB schemes, whilst the manifestos from Labour and the Liberal Democrats are published.

15 November 2019

In the news this week, worrying results from pension scam research, a longevity swap conversion and CPI at its lowest level for nearly three years.

8 November 2019

In the news this week, the Regulator confirms there are 37 authorised master trusts, the DWP consults on simpler annual benefit statements for DC arrangements, the ACA urges tax simplification and university staff are set to strike again.

1 November 2019

In the news this week, HMRC aims to provide GMP equalisation tax guidance in December, the CMI publishes the latest quarterly mortality figures and the Pension Schemes Bill is dead in the water.

25 October 2019

In the news this week, an ACA survey reveals employers’ intentions with regard to GMP equalisation, the DWP proposes substantial increases to the general levy and Aviva completes a large buy-in for its own staff pension scheme.