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Consolidation to shrink eye-watering number of pension schemes

The Pension Regulator has released data on Trust based defined contribution pension schemes - a type of pension that accounts for 41 percent of active pension members. The release shines a light on some key themes. From Nathan Long – Senior Pension Analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown.

Contributor: Nathan Long | Published: 6 February 2017

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Auto-Enrolment Review may exclude seasonal workers

According to the Financial Times, the 2017 review of auto-enrolment will consider whether to exclude seasonal workers from workplace pensions. From Nathan Long, Senior Pension Analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown.

Contributor: Nathan Long | Published: 5 February 2017

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Half of FTSE 100 could clear their pension deficit

In its latest quarterly report on FTSE 100 pension schemes, JLT Employee Benefits (“JLT”) found that 53 FTSE 100 companies have the ability to clear their defined benefit (DB) pension deficits in less than two years by withholding dividends. Comment from Charles Cowling, Director, JLT Employee Benefits.

Contributor: Charles Cowling | Published: 19 January 2017

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Final salary scheme deficits continue to shrink

The Pension Protection Fund has issued its monthly update on the state of health of the UK’s final salary pension schemes. This is the UK’s principal official independent measure of scheme funding. Deficit down from £275.9 billion in October to £194.7 billion in November. Funding ratio improved from 84.1 percent to 88.1 percent 4,272 schemes in deficit, 1,522 in surplus. From Tom McPhail, Head of Retirement Policy.

Contributor: Tom McPhail | Published: 31 December 2016

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DB members – calls for better information on freedom

Defined Benefit (DB) scheme members need better information about their options under the Freedom and Choice reforms, according to a new paper from LV=, the UK's most trusted and recommended insurer.

Contributor: LV= | Published: 26 December 2016

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Auto-enrolment review 2017 terms of reference

Today the DWP have published the terms of reference for the inaugural review of 2017 and announced the thresholds for 2017/18. Consultation for the 2017 auto-enrolment review will start in early 2017, with recommendations published in late 2017. No policy decision are expected in 2017.

Contributor: Nathan Long | Published: 24 December 2016