Scheme Actuary services

​The bedrock of our approach is delivering succinct and timely advice to pension trustees, with clear options and recommendations. We strongly believe that this enables trustees to fulfil their role more efficiently.
 

 Overview

 
A successful Scheme Actuary must actively engage with trustees on several levels. We believe: 
  • a Scheme Actuary appointment is a personal appointment - we build strong relationships with trustees to understand their particular circumstances
  • every pension scheme and every group of trustees is unique - so we tailor our actuarial advice and provide different solutions to ensure we truly meet the trustees' needs
  • it is essential that our advice as Scheme Actuary is ‘joined up’ with other advice you receive, most crucially pension scheme investment and covenant advice
We have developed tools to support and enhance the way we deliver our advice. We find they really do help our clients make effective, informed and timely decisions.

 

 Insights and views

 
    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.

    Click here to read the briefing note

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    Chancellor extends Flexiday freedoms and cuts lifetime allowance (again)
    18 March 2015

    ​In the last Budget of this Parliament, the Chancellor announced plans to extend the Flexiday   freedoms from April 2016 to individuals who have already purchased an annuity, by reforms intended to create a secondary annuity market. He also announced plans to cut the lifetime allowance from its current level of £1.25M to £1.0M.

    Read full news alert here

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    Issue 11: Flexiday - DB to DC Transfers
    17 March 2015

    ​It now seems a long time since the second note in our ‘Countdown to Flexiday’ series in which we discussed fears that defined benefit (DB) to defined contribution (DC) transfers would be banned. In this note, the eleventh in the series, we discuss the latest developments on DB to DC transfers and the implications for trustees and employers.

    Read full briefing note here

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    Briefing Note Contracting Out
    13 March 2015

    The new single tier state pension will be introduced on 6 April 2016, replacing the existing basic state pension and state second pension (S2P). At the same time, the option for defined benefit (DB) schemes to contract out of S2P will cease to exist. Employers with open contracted-out DB schemes will therefore need to decide how to respond to the abolition of contracting out. A new set of regulations provides one possible route for employers to amend their rules.

    View full briefing note here

     

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 Online services

 
    Postcode life expectancy estimator
    Use your postcode and gender to get an estimate of your life expectancy, in comparison to the national average, and an indication of the difference that your postcode could make to your annuity.
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    Risk evaluator
    An online tool that looks at five key areas of risk and gives trustees an initial high level review of the quality of the governance procedures in place.
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    Visit the Online services area to access our full range of online modelling tools and facilities
 

 Events

 
    Trustee Training - Trustee Knowledge and Understanding (Intensive)
    15 April 2015
    This course addressed the knowledge and understanding requirements
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    Getting Ready for Your Next Pension Scheme Valuation
    21 May 2015
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    Trustee Training - Trustee Knowledge and Understanding (Intensive)
    15 September 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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    Visit the Events area for all forthcoming Punter Southall seminars, conferences and events
    Speak to us

    Speak direct to our specialists in this area
    Adam Stanley
    Head of Trustee Services
    Or call us on
    020 3327 5000