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

 
    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.)

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    ‘Call for evidence’ on section 75 debts in multi-employer schemes
    28 April 2015

    ​Current employer debt legislation exposes employers in multi-employer defined benefit (DB) schemes to the risk of large debts falling due and can restrict the options available for managing pension risks. This note summarises the current position and a recent call for evidence published by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

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    A new dawn for liability management through member choice
    20 April 2015

    The implications of the changes that came into effect from 6 April 2015 will be wide-ranging for all. In an environment where members are embracing choice, many employers are finding increased benefits to engaging with members as they reach retirement.

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    Corporate Bulletin Quarter 1 2015
    7 April 2015

    ​Market conditions remain challenging for pension schemes and their sponsors. We provide sponsors with a discussion of accounting assumptions at 31 March 2015.

     

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    Flexiday is upon us!
    31 March 2015

    ​In the final note in our ‘Countdown to Flexiday’ series before Flexiday itself (6 April 2015), we look back over the developments of the last few weeks and forward to what the new pensions flexibility regime may mean in practice.

     

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    The Impact of Deflation on Occupational Pensions
    27 March 2015

    The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) was unchanged in the year to February 2015 (i.e. the 12 month rate was exactly 0.0%), a record low. With further falls in inflation later this year seeming a distinct possibility, we consider the impact of deflation on occupational pension schemes.

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    Social Housing Pension Scheme (“SHPS”) – 2014 valuation and benefits review
    26 March 2015

    SHPS has recently written to participating employers to provide preliminary results of the 30 September 2014 valuation which, as expected, confirms a significant increase in contribution requirements. This note summarises these preliminary results and also provides details of the results of the employer consultation around future service defined benefit structures from 1 April 2016 and other considerations for SHPS employers.

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 Events

 
    Cost Effective De-risking - Punter Southall's Unique Approach
    11 June 2015
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    Cost Effective De-risking - Punter Southall's Unique Approach
    17 June 2015
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    Charities and the Pensions Challenge: What Chairs Need to Know
    7 July 2015
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    Cost Effective De-risking - Punter Southall's Unique Approach
    8 July 2015
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    Investing in a 'Conservative' World
    16 July 2015
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    Getting Ready for Your Next Pension Scheme Valuation
    24 September 2015
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    PS Annual Pensions Conference 2015
    1 October 2015
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    Getting Ready for Your Next Pension Scheme Valuation
    26 November 2015
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    Trustee Training - Trustee Knowledge and Understanding (Intensive)
    3 December 2015
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    Speak direct to our specialists in this area
    Neil Lalley
    Head of Employer Services
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    020 3327 5000