Opperman rules out mandatory guidance for 50-year-olds

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Pensions minister Guy Opperman has ruled out the prospect of automatic appointments for 50-year-olds with Pension Wise as it would be expensive and ineffective.

Just two bulk annuity insurers are signed up to UK Stewardship Code

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Only Aviva and Scottish Widows have signed up to the UK Stewardship Code out of the eight bulk annuity insurers, new LCP research has highlighted.

Weekly Roundup: I’m on McCloud nine

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This week — High Court dismisses police officers’ McCloud review, calls for the government to rethink planned pension age increases, Nest closes its redundant — and confusing — Pre-retirement Fund, and Zedra acquires trustee services and governance provider PTL.

Access pool criticised by LGPS board over policy failings

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Investment pool Access has earned the ire of the Local Government Pension Scheme Advisory Board, having failed to implement a policy on member representation that was decided in 2017.

What UK pension schemes can learn from abroad about reaching net zero

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The UK is said to be leading on climate change; however, there are examples of best practice seen internationally that schemes could follow in the push for net zero.

High Court rebuffs police officers’ McCloud judicial review

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The High Court has rejected a judicial review claim brought by the Police Superintendents’ Association against the government’s McCloud consultation, despite finding legal errors in the process.

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Private debt can help schemes reach endgame goals

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Buck’s principal and actuary Ian Burns explains why private debt can be suited for pension schemes with a long-term investment outlook looking for extra income as a way to reach endgame.

Pension scams – it feels like we might be winning

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Broadstone’s technical director, David Brooks, details how the new transfer rules that came into force in November are expected to make a positive change in the fight against pension scams.

The rise of the trusteeship career

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Independent Trustee Services’ executive chair Chris Martin analyses the recent changes in the pension scheme industry and how being a trustee can now be considered a career.

Videos & Podcasts

DC focus must ‘fundamentally shift’ from costs to value in 2022

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Podcast: Darren Philp, director of policy and communication at Smart Pension, and Mike Ambery, partner at Hymans Robertson, discuss the defined contribution outlook, expanding auto-enrolment, and reforming Solvency II.

How to bridge the pensions gap

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Video: Joanne Segars, chair of Now Pensions’ trustee board, discusses the conclusions of a new report into the UK’s ‘underpensioned’ populations produced by the master trust and the Pensions Policy Institute, potential policy changes, and what trustees can do to help their members.

Solving the UK’s ‘underpensioned’ problem

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Podcast: Now Pensions’ Samantha Gould and Pensions Policy Institute’s Lauren Wilkinson talk us through the findings of a recent research report into the UK’s ‘underpensioned’ problem, and the policy initiatives that could help bridge the gaps.

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Are you ready for pensions in 2022?

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CPD: Gowling WLG’s Ian Chapman-Curry looks forward to a momentous year for the pensions industry, with key parts of the Pension Schemes Act due to come into force and continuing progress on the pensions dashboards and defined benefit scheme funding regime, among others.

Fears for dashboards as complexities cast doubt on 2023 launch

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CPD: With pending regulations and a lack of certainty on details surrounding pensions dashboards, Stephanie Hawthorne describes the progress so far on a project dubbed the ‘poster child’ for the industry.

What does a 21st century trustee look like?

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CPD: PTL’s client directors Melanie Cusack and Louisa Harrold explore some of the key changes and challenges that almost every 21st century trustee will be facing, and how to address them.