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

 
    Countdown to Flexiday Briefing Note Issue 8 - DC trusts - implement or facilitate?
    9 December 2014

    Amidst continued media excitement about the new flexibilities, trustees of defined contribution (DC) schemes and sections now need to decide exactly how they will implement the new flexibilities.

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    Autumn Statement Pensions Update
    4 December 2014
    The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement was light on pensions details. This will have come as a welcome relief to most of those involved in pension schemes, who are still reeling from the implications of the Budget announcement and the seemingly endless series of amendments to the two pensions Bills before Parliament.
     
    The only significant new announcement was that beneficiaries of people who die under the age of 75 with a joint life or guaranteed term annuity will be able to receive any future payments from such policies tax-free. This will only apply where no payments have been made to beneficiaries before Flexiday (6 April 2015). The tax rules will also be changed to allow joint life annuities to be paid to any beneficiary. Where the member was over 75 at death, the beneficiary will pay income tax at their marginal rate, or 45% if the funds are taken as a lump sum payment (marginal rate from 2016/17).
     
    These changes will largely align the tax treatment of annuities on death with the treatment already proposed for drawdown and lump sums. This does not appear to apply to scheme pensions from defined benefit schemes, although we await further details of the proposals.
     
    The Government has also confirmed that it will not make changes to the age limit of 75 at which tax relief can be claimed on pension contributions.
     
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    DC Schemes: race for the finishing line
    2 December 2014

    Trustees of defined contribution schemes and sections have never been so busy!   6 April 2015 is fast approaching, when the new legal governance requirements and default fund charge cap come into force. 

     

     



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    De-risking Bulletin Impact of the budget changes
    27 November 2014

    One of the most talked-about topics in pensions this year has been the announcement in the budget enabling people to take more cash from defined contribution (DC) pension schemes.

     



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    Corporate Bulletin Quarter 3 2014
    10 October 2014
    Welcome to this new edition of our quarterly bulletin aimed at defined benefit (DB) sponsors.We provide an overview of market conditions and the range of accounting assumptions sponsors may wish to use for their interim or annual disclosures at 30 September 2014 alongside market news regarding pension buy-outs and de-risking, and an update on PPF issues.
     


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    Pension Schemes Bill redefines pensions (again)
    14 July 2014

    The Chancellor’s Budget announcement of greater flexibility over retirement benefits has led to a major reinterpretation of what the word ‘pension’ means in a defined contribution context. Meanwhile, the Department for Work and Pensions
    (DWP) has been working on its own redefinition of pensions in a wider context, in the shape of the Pension Schemes Bill, which was laid before Parliament on 26 June 2014.

     

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    Corporate Bulletin Quarter 2 2014
    8 July 2014
    Welcome to this new edition of our quarterly bulletin aimed at defined benefit (DB) sponsors. We provide an overview of market conditions and the range of accounting assumptions sponsors may wish to use for their interim or annual disclosures at 30 June 2014 alongside market news regarding pension buy-outs and de-risking.
     


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    Neil Lalley
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