No reform of RPI until 2030

As expected, the Treasury issued its response to the consultation on the reform of RPI as part of yesterday’s Spending Review.  The response confirms that: in order to minimise the impact of the UK Statistics Authority’s proposal to reform RPI on the holders of index-linked gilts, the Chancellor will not consent to the implementation of … Read more

Pensions Regulator stresses importance of trustees taking early action to protect their scheme from sponsor distress

On 12 November, the Pensions Regulator published guidance outlining actions trustees of defined benefit (DB) schemes should take to protect their scheme where their sponsor is experiencing financial distress. The guidance, issued amid the backdrop of an unprecedented economic downturn, makes clear that trustees are the first line of defence for members. As such, it … Read more

Pressure points: Key pensions-related guidance (UK)

A plethora of guidance is being produced to help employers and trustees deal with the issues arising from the spread of COVID-19 and the measures that have been introduced to limit this. The table below (which we will update as new guidance is issued) provides links to the key pensions-related COVID-19 guidance issued to date … Read more

HSF Pensions Round Up – October 2020

Here is a round-up of the pensions blogs and briefings that we have posted during the past month. Some of these have been broadcast but several have not, to avoid sending you too many emails. Read more

Podcast: Pensions and ESG: Ep 1 – The evolving landscape

One year on from the introduction of new ESG requirements for UK pension schemes, we interview Ashley Hamilton-Claxton, Head of Responsible Investment at Royal London Asset Management, in our latest pensions podcast to find out what impact this is having on the way pension schemes and asset managers assess and manage ESG risks. We also … Read more

HSF Pensions Round Up – September 2020

Here is a round-up of the pensions blogs and briefings that we have posted during the past month. Some of these have been broadcast but several have not, to avoid sending you too many emails. Read more

Pensions Planner – September 2020

The latest edition of our quarterly Pensions Planner is here. Click on the image below to download your copy. The Planner and our handy timeline will help you keep up to date with the latest developments in pensions law and practice and identify the key pensions issues that your scheme or organisation needs to address in the … Read more

Brexit countdown: Big changes are coming on 1 January 2021 whatever happens as negotiation tensions rise

As businesses and governments around the world continue to grapple with the implications of COVID-19, Brexit is fast approaching. This time for real. Last year, as businesses awaited a potential Brexit without a deal, the difference was stark. ‘Deal’ meant entering a status quo transition period in which essentially nothing changed for business; whereas ‘no-deal’ … Read more

DWP turns up the heat on climate risk requirements for UK pension schemes

The DWP has launched a new consultation, in which it is seeking views on proposals to require trustees of large occupational pension schemes, authorised master trusts and schemes offering collective money purchase benefits to have an effective system of governance, monitoring and risk management relating to climate related risks and opportunities in place from 1 … Read more