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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.

Opperman: Employers should provide ‘rainy-day fund’ to keep staff

Guy Opperman

Pensions minister Guy Opperman has argued there is a need for employers to have a savings product offering, in addition to a pensions package, as a means of retaining staff. 

DWP’s dashboards consultation criticised over launch date proposals

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A second government consultation into pensions dashboards has been criticised over plans to give schemes just 90 days’ notice before the dashboards go live, with experts warning of a capacity crunch.

AE levels out as employers seek change to age threshold

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Workplace pension participation is stalling after reaching a rate of 88 per cent of eligible employees last year, according to new figures from the Department for Work and Pensions.

Govt sets 2040 gender state pension gap goal

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The government has revealed a goal of eliminating the gender state pension gap by 2040, while pointing to auto-enrolment as a tool to decrease the overall savings shortfall between men and women.

Comment

Tackling patchy carbon emissions data from issuers

Claire Bews

Insight Investment credit portfolio manager Claire Bews highlights the issues with carbon emissions data from securities issuers, and how engagement from asset owners can improve these disclosures.

Inflation protection for pension scheme benefits

Robin Jakob

LPX AG managing director Robin Jakob explains how high inflation is posing a significant worry for defined benefit scheme investments and why core infrastructure can provide better protection.

What is on the horizon for the LGPS?

Michael Welford

Michael Welford, consultant and actuary at Quantum Advisory, considers the next steps for the Local Government Pension Scheme, with the results of its triennial valuation due later this year.

Videos & Podcasts

Schemes will have a tough job weighing up discretionary increases

Podcasts

Podcast: Aon partner Lynda Whitney and Pensions Management Institute director of policy and external affairs Tim Middleton discuss the impact of inflation on schemes’ discretionary increases, the progress of the McCloud remedy and schemes’ dashboard readiness.

LGPS faces affordability, engagement and policy challenges

Podcasts

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. 

CPD

Small schemes disappoint on value for money requirements

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CPD: Despite new requirements that dictate small schemes need to access the value for money they provide to members, only a handful are complying with the rules, Maria Espadinha reports.

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.

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.