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Pensions 2021 - the top six topics to watch

2020 was not the year that any of us expected. With Brexit and Covid-19 occupying much of the Government's time, it is little surprise that some of the developments that were expected to occur in the pensions world did not materialise.

Compliance Statements to CMA due by 7 January 2021

Requirements under the Investment Consultancy and Fiduciary Management Market Investigation Order 2019

The composition of the Retail Prices Index set to change

The composition of the RPI is set to change from February 2030. RPI index values will be calculated using the same methods and data sources that are used to calculate the CPIH. Based on recent economic conditions, this is likely to result in RPI being lower by an average of 1% per annum.

GMP equalisation – clarification on requirements for past transfers out

The long-awaited conclusion to the guaranteed minimum pensions equalisation litigation, concerning the Lloyds Banking Group’s defined benefit scheme, was handed down on Friday, 20 November 2020.

Pension fund management services provided to defined benefit schemes not exempt from VAT

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has put an end to any suggestion that pension fund management services provided to occupational pension schemes are VAT exempt on the basis of an insurance exemption.

Court of Appeal judgment closes the door on retrospective closure of the Barber window (except in very limited circumstances)

The Court of Appeal has handed down its judgment in the case of Safeway v Newton which confirms that the introduction of section 62 of the Pensions Act 1995 was sufficient to close the Barber window of the Safeway Pension Scheme retrospectively with effect from 1 January 1996.

New fears for the position of pension schemes on a corporate insolvency

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill (the "Bill") was published on 20 May 2020. The Bill introduces a new type of ‘moratorium’ whereby eligible companies can take 40 days to restructure without the threat of enforcement action from creditors.

Could PPF levies be on the rise?

The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has recently had to re-think the level of benefits it provides members following the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) decision of Hampshire.

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