Latest articles from Stephanie Hawthorne

Torrent of fraud cases overwhelms FCF’s finances


CPD: As the number of cases of pensions fraud continues to rise, Stephanie Hawthorne looks how last year’s court ruling has led to a huge strain on the Fraud Compensation Fund’s reserves.

New rules may consign obtuse pension comms to history


CPD: With new annual pension statement regulations coming into force next year, Stephanie Hawthorne looks at whether the new rules can help improve individuals’ understanding of their pensions.

Trustees in the firing line as private equity houses target UK firms


CPD: With US private equity houses scooping up much-loved British companies at bargain prices, Stephanie Hawthorne looks at the implications for UK pensions schemes and their trustees.

Experts fear new rules give TPR a ‘sledgehammer to crack a nut’


CPD: Stephanie Hawthorne looks at what the Pensions Regulator’s new powers mean for schemes and trustees.

Thousands of small DC schemes may miss vital October deadline


CPD: As the deadline for new regulations governing occupational defined contribution schemes draws near, Stephanie Hawthorne looks at how smaller plans are shaping up.

Ombudsman criticises Railways scheme for maladministration

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The Pensions Ombudsman has partly upheld a complaint by a member of the Railways Pension Scheme against its trustee and administrator, RPMI, after finding maladministration in the scheme’s decision to suspend a member’s pension between July and December 2018.

CDC moves towards the starting blocks


As Royal Mail is set to start the first UK CDC pension scheme next year, Stephanie Hawthorne asks will the arrival of these innovative plans bring pensions nirvana?

New act marks shift in pensions landscape


In the first of a new CPD series, Pensions Expert explains the thinking behind the Pension Schemes Act and what it means for sponsors, trustees and their members.

Experian revamps pension comms as over-50s face pandemic sting


As the financial crisis resulting from the pandemic has made many savers rethink their attitude towards pension savings, Experian has revamped its communications to scheme members in a bid to help them avoid “costly mistakes”.

Govt plans green bonds issue, but should schemes take the plunge?


The UK government has an ambitious climate and environmental agenda and is set to issue its first green gilt in September 2021, with at least one more issue before the end of the year.