This is an important conversation for anyone involved with a workplace DC pension scheme. The government has proposed some draft regulations which are due to come into effect on 5 October 2021. These are likely to force those running workplace trust-based DC schemes to transfer those schemes to a master trust.
From October 2021, it is proposed that new and game-changing obligations for those involved in occupational defined contribution (DC) schemes will come into force. These will require certain schemes to compare their value for members against the value offered by large commercial DC schemes and, ultimately, result in increased consolidation of schemes in this area.
It was widely anticipated in the pensions industry that the Pension Schemes Bill (the Bill) would receive Royal Assent at the end of 2020. However, it is perhaps unsurprising it did not get over the line with much of the Government's time taken up with Brexit and Covid-19. It has, however now passed through all of the Parliamentary stages and is awaiting Royal Assent.
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.
Requirements under the Investment Consultancy and Fiduciary Management Market Investigation Order 2019
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.
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.
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.
A question frequently kicked into the long grass by the pensions industry was whether guaranteed minimum pensions had to be equalised between male and female members. If so, how?
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.
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.
Case: R (on the application of Palestine Solidarity Campaign Limited and another) v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government - Supreme Court
For many defined benefit schemes, the end-game strategy culminates in the trustees buying out the members’ benefits sin full with an insurer. We have helped trustees and sponsoring employers take the first steps on the journey to buy-out by preparing a due diligence report. This sets out an overview of the issues which need to be considered when deciding whether and how to buy-out benefits.