First Briefing, November 2018 – GMP Equalisation

The judgment in the Lloyds Banking Group case has at last provided clarity on how to deal with Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP) equalisation, although it may not have given the answer many had hoped for. This briefing covers the recent judgment and considers where we go from here.

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First Briefing, October 2018 – Budget 2018

The Chancellor of the Exchequer presented his Budget on 29 October 2018. This briefing sets out some of the key points around pensions and other employer-provided benefits.

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First Briefing, October 2018 – PPF Levy 2019/20 Consultation

The PPF have recently published for consultation their draft rules for determining the PPF levy for 2019/20. This briefing looks at the key points, giving key deadlines and specific guidance on contingent assets,

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First Briefing, February 2018 – Auto Enrolment Contribution Phasing

When the government introduced auto enrolment in 2012, it set minimum contribution levels that would increase over time. The first increase of this 'contribution phase' takes place on 6 April 2018. This briefing sets out the new rates and provides guidance on member communication and consultation, and the processing of...

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January 2018, First Briefing – Record-Keeping

In November 2017, the Pensions Regulator published an update to its original guidance on record-keeping. The new guidance looks at measuring and improving the quality of pension scheme data. This briefing takes you through the new guidance and recommends a number of steps trustees should take.

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First Briefing, July 2018 – Equitable Life

The announcement that Equitable Life is to transfer all its policies to Reliance Life will have widespread ramifications across the pensions world. We look at what it will mean for Equitable Life policyholders, and recommend actions that trustees can take at this stage.

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First Briefing, May 2018 – DC Disclosure Costs and Charges Regulations

Following the DWP's 2017, the government has now issued regulations and guidance on the disclosure of cost and charge information relating to occupational money purchase benefits. This should make it easier to compare value for money between schemes. In this First Briefing, we take you through the key elements of...

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First Briefing, March 2018 – White Paper on Protecting DB Pension Schemes

In March, Government published a policy paper on how it intends to increase the protections for DB scheme members and make improvements to the pensions system. This First Briefing gives a summary of the main themes of the proposals, with some comment and analysis from First Actuarial.

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First Briefing, January 2018 – Auto Enrolment Review

Although the automatic enrolment regime is not yet fully rolled out, the DWP has already carried out a review. The results of this review, which examined coverage of automatic enrolment, how engagement can be improved and future contributions have just been published. We provide a digest of the review's proposals and findings, assess the...

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