On 23 June 2016, the UK voted to leave the EU, but it remains unclear when our exit (otherwise known as ‘Brexit’) might be triggered and on what terms. In the face of such uncertainty, trustees and sponsors of pension schemes should be considering the short-term effects on their funding and planning for the possible longer-term implications of Brexit.
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In November 2013 the Regulator introduced a Code of Practice (Code) for the governance and administration of trust based DC schemes. Legislation came into force on 6 April 2015 introducing further requirements, including a mandatory annual Chair’s statement. A new update Code, together with accompanying guidance, is to come into force on 28 July. This note explores the options available to trustees and sponsors looking to manage their DC governance burden.
Brexit impacts will be evident on companies’ balance sheets at 30 June 2016, with historically low bond yields leading to lower discount rates which in turn increase the value of DB pension liabilities. We take a look at what Brexit means for sponsors of DB pension schemes, and in particular the immediate impact on accounting assumptions. We also cover the pensions problems currently being experienced by BHS and British Steel, as well as the usual updates on PPF levies and the buy-out market.
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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 2016/17.
In June 2016, the Pensions Regulator (TPR) published its ninth annual analysis of valuations and recovery plans, covering valuations with an effective date falling in the year to 21 September 2014. The analysis covers scheme demographics, assumptions used and details of recovery plans.
On 26 May 2016, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) issued a consultation setting out a range of radical options that could potentially help the British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS). Whilst the consultation is apparently only focused on the BSPS, it opens up the question of whether similar options could be made available to any pension scheme with a weak employer. Some of the options proposed could also have implications for PPF levy payers.
On 9 May 2016, the Pensions Regulator’s (TPR’s) revised defined contribution (DC) Code of Practice was laid before Parliament, where it will remain for 40 days before coming into force in July. At this point, TPR will publish final versions of its ‘how to’ guides which support the new Code, together with its revised compliance and enforcement policy.