Managing cost

Our range of employer advisory services, modellers and online tools enable employers to ensure costs are controlled whilst corporate objectives are satisfied.
 

 Overview

 
The next step for any employer with a final salary pension scheme deficit is to agree an affordable recovery plan.

We can help:
  • ensure you have up-to-date knowledge on your scheme’s position through our online tools
  • understand the expected developments in, and options for change for future pension arrangements, enabling you to ensure your pension provision is affordable and sustainable
  • negotiate with trustees about de-risking initiatives, benefits changes and pension scheme funding assumptions, in particular managing the approach taken to agreeing the level of prudence
  • plan for the introduction of auto-enrolment from your staging date – for example, by helping you prepare for the potentially higher pension costs, or understanding the impact prior to a merger or acquisition
  • minimise the risk-based levy payable to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) by taking actions which reduce the assessed pension deficit and assumed probability of insolvency

 

 Insights and views

 
    Autumn Statement 2016: steady as she goes?
    23 November 2016

    The Autumn Statement was a relatively quiet affair from a pensions perspective, with only a few minor announcements. However, in some ways, it was perhaps too quiet, with no hint as to whether further changes are planned to the framework of pensions taxation. Arguably we have no more idea of the new Chancellor’s views on what incentives should be given for people to save for the long term and/or their retirement than we had before he stood up at the despatch box.

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    PPF consultation on the 2017/18 levy and other publications
    27 October 2016

    ​On 22 September 2016, the Board of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) published a consultation document on the 2017/18 levy. The consultation closes on 31 October 2016 and only minor changes are proposed. The PPF has also recently published other consultations and documents.

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    The debate on how to measure scheme funding liabilities
    6 October 2016
    “Pension Scheme liabilities are at all time highs” and “Gilt yields are at all time lows” are some of the current headlines within the defined benefit (DB) pension world so you could be forgiven for concluding that UK DB pensions are systematically in crisis. However, should liabilities and gilt yields be as closely linked as the headlines suggest? This quarter we focus on alternative discount rate methodologies for funding purposes and take a look at expected accounting assumptions at 30 September 2016. We also provide our usual updates on PPF levies and the buy-out market.  Read full bulletin here
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    Stormy waters ahead for pensions?
    6 September 2016

    ​Whilst we may have seen fewer thunderstorms this year than in previous summers, there has been no shortage of developments which could signal stormy weather ahead for pensions, including a Cabinet reshuffle, recent high-profile developments relating to the British Steel and BHS pension schemes and the prospect of a new Pensions Bill. All this takes place in the context of the vote to leave the European Union, which we have already considered in our briefing note ‘What does Brexit mean for pension schemes?’.

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    21st century trusteeship and governance
    24 August 2016

    ​In July 2016, the Pensions Regulator (TPR) published a discussion paper on how trustee boards can meet the challenge of pension scheme governance in the changing pensions and economic landscape of the 21st century. TPR is seeking views by 9 September 2016 on a number of topics, including whether there should be minimum qualifications for professional trustees or Chairs of trustees and whether Chairs should be required to produce a governance statement for defined benefit (DB) schemes.

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    What does Brexit mean for pension schemes?
    26 July 2016

    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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    What options are there for managing the DC governance burden?
    20 July 2016

    ​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.

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 Events

 
    Interest Rates, Inflation & Cash Flows: Practical Advice for DB Pension Schemes
    14 December 2016
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    Pension Scheme Valuations in Volatile Times
    26 January 2017
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    Trustee Knowledge & Understanding (TKU) Course
    8 February 2017
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    LGPS Training for Admission Bodies - New Course
    23 February 2017
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    Pensions and Investments in Uncertain Times
    9 March 2017
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    Pension Scheme Valuations in Volatile Times
    16 March 2017
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    Pension Scheme Valuations in Volatile Times
    18 May 2017
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    Trustee Knowledge & Understanding (TKU) Course
    14 June 2017
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    Trustee Knowledge & Understanding (TKU) Course
    7 September 2017
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    Trustee Knowledge & Understanding (TKU) Course
    16 November 2017
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    Craig Wootton
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