Regulator publishes latest Annual Funding Statement

The Pensions Regulator has published its latest Annual Funding Statement. Most of the messages are consistent with those contained in last year’s statement but, as you might expect, this year’s statement emphasises the need for trustees to assess the impact on their scheme and sponsor covenant of high inflation, the prospect of higher interest rates … Read more

Pensions and ESG Ep 6 – A Smart approach to ESG

In this latest podcast from the Herbert Smith Freehills’ pension team, Mark Howard, Of Counsel, discusses the latest developments in the world of ESG with Head of Investment Proposition at Smart Pension, James Lawrence. In their conversation, Mark and James discuss: How Smart Pension is responding to investment in Russia after the invasion of Ukraine; … Read more

DWP launches further consultation to facilitate investment in illiquid assets

For some time, the Government has been trying to encourage greater investment in illiquid assets (such as infrastructure projects) by defined contribution (DC) pension funds. As part of this, the DWP launched a consultation last November on proposals to exclude well-designed performance fees from the DC charge cap, which applies to default investment funds within … Read more

Pensions and ESG Ep5 – ESG, the ‘teenage years’

In this latest podcast in our Pensions and ESG series, Head of Responsible Investment at Royal London Asset Management (RLAM), Ashley Hamilton-Claxton joins our Pensions Professional Support Consultant, Tim Smith to discuss recent ESG developments and how Royal London and its clients are responding to these. In this podcast, Ashley discusses: • how the measurement … Read more

Government planning to alter charge cap to unlock illiquid investment by DC schemes

As part of the UK Government’s aim to encourage UK defined contribution (DC) pension funds to invest more in infrastructure and other illiquid assets, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published a new consultation on Enabling Investment in Productive Finance. The proposals also reflect the Government’s commitment to shift the focus of DC … Read more

REMINDER: Trustees required to confirm compliance with CMA Order by 7 January 2022

Trustees of occupational pension schemes mainly administered in the UK (with limited exceptions) have until 7 January 2022 to submit their annual compliance statement together with a signed certificate to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), confirming that they have complied with the requirements of the Investment Consultancy and Fiduciary Management Market Investigation Order 2019 … Read more

Autumn Budget 2021 – Money off Prosecco and a little more into pensions

As expected, today’s Budget was pretty quiet from a pensions perspective. While many of the headlines are likely to be reserved for the changes to alcohol duty which will see the prices of Prosecco, draught beer and cider and most wines reduced, as far as pensions are concerned the headline announcements are: An increase in … Read more

Pensions Regulator issues final policy on enforcing pensions criminal offences

The Pensions Regulator has today published its final policy on investigating and prosecuting the new pensions criminal offences of causing a material detriment to a defined benefit (DB) pension scheme and avoiding an employer debt, which come into force on 1 October 2021. Following criticism that its draft policy did not provide sufficient clarity on … Read more

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