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

 
    Getting to grips with DC governance
    11 August 2015

    Since 6 April 2015, trustees of defined contribution (DC) occupational pension schemes have had to get to grips with the new governance standards and charge cap measures. This note looks at what DC trustees need to do to comply, and considers what else is in the pipeline during the rest of 2015.

    Read full briefing note here

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    Pension scheme levies 2015/16
    8 June 2015

    ​Pension schemes are subject to a number of different levies. This briefing note collates previously published information to help schemes understand how much they can expect to pay in 2015/16.

    Read full briefing note here

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    Scheme funding: the regulator’s eighth analysis
    5 June 2015

    ​In May 2015, the Pensions Regulator (TPR) published its eighth annual analysis of valuations and recovery plans, covering valuations with an effective date falling in the year to 21 September 2013. The analysis covers scheme demographics, assumptions used and details on recovery plans.

    Read full briefing note here

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    Out with the old, in with the new…
    3 June 2015

    ​Before 2010, Pensions Ministers seemed to change faster than the latest fashions: each Minister barely had time to master his or her increasingly complex portfolio before the next Minister was knocking at the door. All that changed in 2010 where the unusual circumstances of a Coalition Government brought us the novel prospect of a Pensions Minister who stayed in post for five years and actually knew quite a lot about pensions when he took up the job.

    Read full bulletin here

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    The Pensions Regulator issues its funding statement for the ‘unlucky cohort'
    26 May 2015

    ​The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has issued its annual defined benefit funding statement aimed at trustees and employers undertaking valuations with effective dates between 22 September 2014 and 21 September 2015. This group of schemes can be viewed as an unlucky cohort, in that their triennial valuation dates have tended to fall in particularly difficult economic circumstances in 2009, 2012 and now in 2015. (They were also the cohort who first had to get to grips with the new scheme funding regime in 2006.)

    View full news alert here

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    Visit the Industry Insights page for news and views on the latest industry developments
 

 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
 

 Events

 
    Getting Ready for Your Next Pension Scheme Valuation
    24 September 2015
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    Visit the Events area for all forthcoming Punter Southall seminars, conferences and events
    Speak to us

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