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Weekly Roundup: Our time is running out

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This week – Industry slams the DWP’s dashboards launch date proposals, more calls for clarity over TPR’s new enforcement powers, the BMA pushes for the expedition of the McCloud remedy and the introduction of pension recycling, and B&CE and a building company given a ticking off from the ombudsman.

The past, present and future of DB funding

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CPD: Cartwright’s head of pensions strategy and scheme actuary Jonathan Seed details how defined benefit scheme funding has evolved over the years, while pointing out how schemes can prepare for new rules being introduced in 2023.

Weekly Roundup: Lower your shields and prepare to be onboarded

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This week – trustees warned about ‘truly’ imminent dashboards deadline, the cost of discretionary pension increases soars to £18bn, the ABI calls for the minimum auto-enrolment contribution level to be raised to 12 per cent, and another initiative is launched to encourage people to make greener pension choices.

DC default funds: A members’ lottery regarding investment outcomes

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CPD: Stephanie Hawthorne shines a light on defined contribution default funds, and questions if the workhorses behind auto-enrolment are fit for purpose.

Weekly Roundup: Fly by the seat of your pants

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This week – GMB union takes ride-hailing app Bolt to court over pension rights, employers still failing to ‘get’ the Local Government Pension Scheme, efforts to exchange small pots by three master trusts hit a wall, and TPR confirms its delayed DB funding code will be live by September 2023.

LGPS faces affordability, engagement and policy challenges

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Podcast: Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s head of defined benefit, LGPS, and investment Tiffany Tsang and West Midlands Pension Fund’s director of pensions Rachel Brothwood discuss new research into the Local Government Pension Scheme and what can be done to help employer members. 

Pensions dashboards – where are we now?

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CPD: Sackers associate Shannon Diggory explains what steps schemes’ trustees and managers should be taking now to prepare for pensions dashboards.

Weekly Roundup: Public enemy

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This week – TPR’s chief devises a cunning plan for the self-employed, the firefighters’ union prepares legal action over ‘letter aimed at blocking pensions’, the BMA is left reeling over Capita’s three-year NHS contract extension, and public sector pensions liabilities continue to rise as RMT announces further strike action.

Are alternative derisking solutions a complement or threat to buy-ins?

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CPD: Hymans Robertson’s Iain Pearce looks at whether the growing number of alternative derisking options currently available in the pension risk transfer sector could potentially disrupt the defined benefit buy-in market.

UK pension schemes still caught in Russian crossfire

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CPD: Stephanie Hawthorne reports on the complexities of divestment as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues with no sign of peace on the horizon.