Working with your trustees

​This could be in situations such as:

  • reviewing or closing company pension schemes
  • controlling the cost of member options
  • controlling operational risk
 

 Overview

 
​We can help you:
  • understand your scheme’s investment strategy and the options available to your trustees - for example, reducing pension scheme funding volatility through investing in alternative assets or using investment products to safeguard against large drops in equity markets
  • prepare for negotiation with scheme trustees on the future funding of the current pension arrangements
  • effectively present the strength of your employer covenant to your scheme trustees, and negotiate with them on covenant-related issues
  • ensure your pension scheme works for your high earning individuals, with the latest developments in the annual and lifetime allowances handled correctly
  • present a business case to trustees and employees when scheme changes are required, which engages them in the process
  • consult with your scheme trustees when considering a liability reduction exercise to help de-risk your pension scheme

 

 Insights and views

 
    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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    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.

    Read full briefing note here

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    Craig Wootton
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