GMP equalisation (Part 3) – Latest judgment in Lloyds Bank case clarifies approach to equalisation when converting GMPs and may help with transfers

A further judgment has been handed down today by the High Court in Lloyds Banking Group Pensions Trustees Limited v Lloyds Bank Plc and others. The latest instalment in this case, which concerns the need to equalise pensions for the effect of guaranteed minimum pensions (GMPs), follows a short hearing on 3 December 2018 and clarifies … Read more

GMP equalisation – What must trustees do now?

So, the High Court has ruled that trustees are required to equalise benefits for male and female members under their scheme for the effect of GMPs. This judgment impacts all schemes which were contracted-out between 17 May 1990 and 5 April 1997 and which provide GMPs. There are a number of questions which remain unanswered … Read more

Five reasons to read (and respond to) the DWP’s Consultation Paper on defined benefit (DB) scheme regulation

In the first of what will likely be a number of consultations following the Government’s White Paper, “Protecting Defined Benefit Pension Schemes”, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched its consultation on extending the Pension Regulator’s enforcement powers and the notifiable events regime (available here).  Should the proposals be introduced as currently outlined, … Read more