Governance services

We find that it can have a positive impact on the risk management and planning processes undertaken by pension scheme trustees. So, for governance to be successful, it needs to be ‘active’ – not a tick in the box once a year. Good governance is integrated with the business of the trustees, driving the agenda and helping focus attention on what needs to get done.
 

 Overview

 
We work with our clients to develop:
  • risk controls and processes to ensure the interests of scheme members are properly looked after
  • a method of monitoring and reviewing their pension scheme’s assets
  • a clear understanding of their sponsoring employer’s covenant
  • a considered approach to trustee training, with the aim of developing understanding so that trustees can constructively challenge the advice they receive
More information can be found in our Governance Guide in the read more section to your left.

 

 Insights and views

 
    Countdown to Flexiday Briefing Note Issue 8 - DC trusts - implement or facilitate?
    9 December 2014

    Amidst continued media excitement about the new flexibilities, trustees of defined contribution (DC) schemes and sections now need to decide exactly how they will implement the new flexibilities.

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    Autumn Statement Pensions Update
    4 December 2014
    The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement was light on pensions details. This will have come as a welcome relief to most of those involved in pension schemes, who are still reeling from the implications of the Budget announcement and the seemingly endless series of amendments to the two pensions Bills before Parliament.
     
    The only significant new announcement was that beneficiaries of people who die under the age of 75 with a joint life or guaranteed term annuity will be able to receive any future payments from such policies tax-free. This will only apply where no payments have been made to beneficiaries before Flexiday (6 April 2015). The tax rules will also be changed to allow joint life annuities to be paid to any beneficiary. Where the member was over 75 at death, the beneficiary will pay income tax at their marginal rate, or 45% if the funds are taken as a lump sum payment (marginal rate from 2016/17).
     
    These changes will largely align the tax treatment of annuities on death with the treatment already proposed for drawdown and lump sums. This does not appear to apply to scheme pensions from defined benefit schemes, although we await further details of the proposals.
     
    The Government has also confirmed that it will not make changes to the age limit of 75 at which tax relief can be claimed on pension contributions.
     
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    DC Schemes: race for the finishing line
    2 December 2014

    Trustees of defined contribution schemes and sections have never been so busy!   6 April 2015 is fast approaching, when the new legal governance requirements and default fund charge cap come into force. 

     

     



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    De-risking Bulletin Impact of the budget changes
    27 November 2014

    One of the most talked-about topics in pensions this year has been the announcement in the budget enabling people to take more cash from defined contribution (DC) pension schemes.

     



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    EIOPA presses ahead with holistic balance sheet
    14 November 2014
    On 13 October 2014, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) published a further consultation on the holistic balance sheet. A few days later, on 23 October, the European Commission issued the latest
    draft of its revised Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision (IORP) directive. This briefing note looks at these latest developments in European pensions regulation.​
     
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    Pensions Bulletin September 2014
    4 September 2014
    69 AD is known to ancient historians as ‘The Year of Four Emperors’. It was a year in which four men in turn (Galba, Otho, Vitellius and Vespasian) tried their luck at the imperial throne following the death of Nero. For pensions professionals, 2014 will be remembered as the ‘Year of Four Bills’.
     


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    Pension Schemes Bill redefines pensions (again)
    14 July 2014

    The Chancellor’s Budget announcement of greater flexibility over retirement benefits has led to a major reinterpretation of what the word ‘pension’ means in a defined contribution context. Meanwhile, the Department for Work and Pensions
    (DWP) has been working on its own redefinition of pensions in a wider context, in the shape of the Pension Schemes Bill, which was laid before Parliament on 26 June 2014.

     

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    Pensions Bulletin June 2014
    3 June 2014

    In the latest issue of our Pensions Bulletin, we look at the changing pensions environment, focusing on transitional regulations on the definition of money purchase, the arrival of the Pensions Act 2014 onto the statute books and a consultation on regulations relating to the abolition of defined benefit contracting out.

    The Bulletin also looks at some other recent developments, including the first enforcement report for non-compliance with the employer duties legislation, the IBM case and a draft Statement of Recommended Practice on company accounts.

     


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    Pensions Bulletin March 2014
    10 March 2014

    In the latest issue of our Pensions Bulletin, we focus on journey plans and integrated risk management plans in the light of the Pensions Regulator's draft code of practice on DB funding. The Bulletin also looks at some other recent developments, including the impact of same sex marriage on occupational pension schemes and HMRC’s recent announcement on changes to its VAT policy.



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    Pensions Bulletin December 2013
    3 December 2013

    In our latest Pensions Bulletin, we examine two recent consultations from the Department for Work and Pensions which have thrown the spotlight on the gulf between defined benefit and defined contribution schemes and on the possibility of developing alternative ‘defined ambition’ designs to bridge the gap between them.

    The Bulletin also looks at some other recent developments, including new disclosure of information regulations and guidance from the Pensions Regulator on asset-backed contributions.

    We also flag key dates for your diary over the next quarter, including a breakfast briefing on 18 December on the Pensions Regulator’s consultation on a revised code of practice on defined benefit funding.



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    The Pensions Regulator publishes revised code of practice on scheme funding
    2 December 2013
    The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has today (Monday, 2 December 2013) published for consultation a number of documents relating to the funding of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes.


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    Pensions Bulletin September 2013
    9 September 2013

    In our latest Pensions Bulletin, we examine the increased regulatory focus on defined contribution (DC) schemes, with a new code of practice from the Pensions Regulator for trust-based DC schemes, a DWP call for evidence on minimum DC quality standards and a review of scheme charging structures by the Office of Fair Trading.

    The Bulletin also looks at some other recent developments, including a recent European case on the recovery of VAT and the appointment of a new PPF insolvency risk provider.

    In addition, the Pensions Bulletin flags key dates for your diary over the next quarter, including some Punter Southall events.



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    Pensions Bulletin - June 2013
    12 June 2013
    In our latest Pensions Bulletin, we ask whether the Pensions Regulator’s annual funding statement and proposed new objective go against the flow of regulation over the last decade by strengthening the position of the employer. The Bulletin also looks at some other recent developments, including the revised Takeover Code, the pensions implications of an independent Scotland and GMP equalisation.
     
    In addition, the Pensions Bulletin flags key dates for your diary over the next quarter, including some Punter Southall events.
     


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    Pensions Bulletin - March 2013
    6 March 2013
    In our latest Pensions Bulletin, we ask whether it is time for more joined-up thinking on pensions: do the various recent initiatives suggest that Government departments are working together to achieve the right balance between reform and continuity in the pensions system? The Bulletin also looks at some other recent developments, including ‘micro pot’ refunds, changes to the disclosure requirements and DC pension charges.
     
    In addition, the Pensions Bulletin flags key dates for your diary over the next quarter, including some Punter Southall events.
     


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 Online services

 
    Risk evaluator
    An online tool that looks at five key areas of risk and gives trustees an initial high level review of the quality of the governance procedures in place.
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    Visit the Online services area to access our full range of online modelling tools and facilities
 

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    Speak direct to our specialists in this area
    Kevin Burgess
    Head of Governance Services
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    020 3327 5000