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

 
    Discounting disconnect and limited longevity?
    6 April 2017

    Does the current low level of gilt yields create a false funding burden for sponsoring employers? Has the pace of increases in life expectancy finally tailed off? We seek to help sponsoring employers understand the issues and look at alternative approaches for pension scheme funding.

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    Spring Budget 2017: no news is good news?
    8 March 2017

    As was the case for last year’s Autumn Statement, there were relatively few significant announcements affecting pensions in today’s Spring Budget. It remains to be seen whether there will be any fireworks at the forthcoming Autumn Budget.

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    No Need to Panic on DB Schemes?
    21 February 2017

    On 20 February 2017, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) published its Green Paper entitled ‘Security and Sustainability in Defined Benefit Pension Schemes’. As befits its status as a Green Paper, this is a paper that is long on questions and short on firm recommendations about the future of defined benefit (DB) pensions. The DWP’s aim is to ‘encourage an informed debate on what if anything Government may need to do’.

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    Pension Scheme Investment: Tackling the Current Market
    30 January 2017
    Any uncertainties about the implications of Mr Trump’s protectionist trade policies were soon outweighed by his plans to cut taxes, boost infrastructure spending and reduce regulations, which were seen as improving domestic growth prospects. This investment update reviews market conditions, and explains our asset class views and assesses what a rate rise would mean to liability driven investment strategies. 
     

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    Will GMPs finally be equalised?
    25 January 2017

    On 28 November 2016, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) started consulting on a possible new methodology for equalising guaranteed minimum pensions (GMPs). In this note we consider the possible implications.

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    PPF confirms details of the 2017/18 levy
    17 January 2017

    ​On 15 December 2016, the Board of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) published the Determination setting out how the 2017/18 levy will be calculated. This confirms that the majority of the proposals in the September consultation will be adopted.

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    Are you meeting your record-keeping duties
    9 January 2017

    On 30 November 2016, the Pensions Regulator (TPR) published various papers relating to record-keeping. TPR has said that many schemes are not meeting its record-keeping expectations and has confirmed that it will require trustees to report on their record-keeping in the scheme return.

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 Events

 
    Investment Masterclass: Making Value Based Investment Decisions
    9 May 2017
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    Pension Scheme Valuations: "The Big Opportunity” Valuation Masterclass
    18 May 2017
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    The Great Discount Rate Quandary
    8 June 2017
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    Trustee Knowledge & Understanding (TKU) Course
    14 June 2017
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    The Great Discount Rate Quandary
    15 June 2017
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    The Great Discount Rate Quandary
    20 June 2017
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    Investment Event: Practical Advice for DB Pension Schemes
    22 June 2017
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    The Railways Pension Scheme - Employer Discussion on the 31 December 2016 Valuation
    29 June 2017
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    Trustee Knowledge & Understanding (TKU) Course
    7 September 2017
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    Investment Event: Practical Advice for DB Pension Schemes
    12 September 2017
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    Annual Pensions Conference 2017
    28 September 2017
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    Investment Event: Practical Advice for DB Pension Schemes
    5 October 2017
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    Trustee Knowledge & Understanding (TKU) Course
    8 November 2017
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    Pension Scheme Valuations: "The Big Opportunity” Valuation Masterclass
    9 November 2017
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    Getting Ready for your next Pension Scheme Valuation
    23 November 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
    Or call us on
    020 3327 5000