Defined contribution arrangements

Hope for scam victims; concern for pension schemes?

Helen Powell

A new pension liberation case has hit the headlines, after the Pensions Ombudsman (TPO) found that the authority managing the Police Pension Scheme could not rely on a statutory discharge following a transfer, because it had failed to perform adequate scam checks on the proposed receiving scheme and failed to give the member the Regulator’s Read More

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Windrush, GDPR and pension schemes: what should you do about historic data?

Helen Powell

Pension schemes have a long lifecycle. They need personal data to put pensions into payment decades after a member first joined the scheme and may need to deal with claims about calculation errors decades after that. Schemes with a complex history of mergers and bulk transfers-in may have significant quantities of legacy data. Any scheme Read More

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Trustee fines – who pays?

Nadia Karavias

The Pensions Regulator has imposed fines on the trustees of Pakistan International Airlines’ pension scheme (£500 each for failure to provide audited accounts for two years), and on the trustees of six schemes for failure to comply with the content requirements of the Chair’s statement. Potential fines are a frequent concern for trustees: who pays Read More

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Crisis in outsourcing? What happens if an administrator fails?

Helen Powell

In the wake of the collapse of Carillion, headlines about profit warnings from other outsourcing specialists are bound to set off warning bells. Capita has just announced a significant restructuring programme following a profit warning, including a refocusing on its core businesses. It may be that there are no implications for its pension scheme administration Read More

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Does your scheme always pay?

Rebecca Peet

High earners hit by the tapered annual allowance may be liable to pay some or all of their tax charge from savings – could voluntary scheme pays be the answer? Read More

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