Pensions legislative and regulatory changes in force from 1 October 2021

There are a number of significant legislative and regulatory changes coming into force on the 1st October 2021, including new pensions criminal offences and financial penalties, new contribution notice triggers and new governance and disclosure requirements for defined contribution occupational pension schemes. To help you keep track of these we have summarised the headline changes … Read more

Government to legislate next year to increase normal minimum pension age

The government has confirmed it plans to legislate to increase the normal minimum pension age from age 55 to age 57 from 6 April 2028 in the next Finance Bill. The legislation will include a protection regime for savers who already have an unqualified right to access their benefits before age 57. Following the recent … Read more

Pensions and ESG Ep4 – Greening Finance and Investment

In this latest podcast in our Pensions and ESG series, Professor Iain Clacher, Professor of Pensions & Finance at Leeds University Business School and Lead Researcher for Pensions and Asset Management for the new Centre for Greening Finance and Investment, joins Michael Aherne, Pensions Partner, to discuss the plans for the Centre and how it … Read more

Pensions Planner – June 2021

Our latest Pensions Planner is here. The Planner and our handy timeline will help you keep up to date with the latest developments in pensions law and practice and help you identify the key pensions issues that your scheme or organisation needs to address in the coming months. The latest edition covers: The Pensions Regulator’s … Read more

Annual Funding Statement 2021 – Key messages

The Pension Regulator’s latest Annual Funding Statement covers a lot of ground, emphasising the need for trustees to determine how their covenant has been impacted by Covid-19 and Brexit and to assess whether they are on track to reach their long-term funding target. Where a recovery plan is needed, affordability remains a key consideration and, … Read more

DWP proposes new transfer conditions to combat pension scams

The DWP is planning to introduce new measures to empower trustees and pension providers to protect their members from pension scams. Draft regulations (which are subject to consultation) would see four new statutory conditions introduced, one of which must be met before a statutory transfer could take place. Although many will argue that such measures … Read more

Pension Disputes Bulletin – May 2021

Welcome to the latest edition of our pension disputes bulletin. In this edition we cover: the Pension Regulator’s draft policy on policing the new pensions criminal offences recent cases on transfers, scams and rectification new regulatory guidance on assisting members with financial matters guidance from the Ombudsman on appointing IFAs and signposting members, and the … Read more

Ombudsman expects providers to update processes within “approximately one month” of new scams guidance

In a recent determination (PO-24554), the Pensions Ombudsman has indicated that it would generally expect pension providers to update their transfer processes, due diligence checks and member communications within “approximately one month” of new regulatory guidance being issued. This is significantly less than the three month period the Ombudsman has indicated would be acceptable in … Read more