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

 
    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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    Deficits of UK DB schemes reach all-time high
    6 July 2016

    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 scheme levies 2016/17
    21 June 2016

    ​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.

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    Scheme funding: the regulator’s ninth analysis
    21 June 2016

    ​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.

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    Does British Steel consultation open up Pandora’s box?
    8 June 2016

    ​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.

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    Revised draft DC Code of Practice and Guidance
    25 May 2016

    ​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.

    Read full briefing note here

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 Events

 
    Getting Ready for Your Next Pension Scheme Valuation
    14 September 2016
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    Punter Southall Annual Pensions Conference 2016
    29 September 2016
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    Trustee Knowledge & Understanding (TKU) Course **FULLY BOOKED**
    6 October 2016
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    Getting Ready for Your Next Pension Scheme Valuation
    24 November 2016
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    Trustee Knowledge & Understanding (TKU) Course
    8 February 2017
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    Trustee Knowledge & Understanding (TKU) Course
    14 June 2017
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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
    Craig Wootton
    Principal
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    020 3327 5000