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Running effective virtual meetings

We have all had to adapt to working remotely and virtual meetings over the course of the past few months. Despite lockdown restrictions, many businesses have found ways to move their operations online, with all staff working remotely. This has given rise to an increased volume of virtual meetings on services such as Skype, Zoom, […]

Employers continue to meet pension duties despite COVID-19 challenges

While COVID-19 has changed the workplace, employers are being reminded that it has not changed their automatic enrolment responsibilities towards their staff. Newly published data highlights how The Pensions Regulator has supported employers through the upheaval caused by the pandemic. TPR’s quarterly compliance and enforcement bulletin shows how temporary flexibilities led to a 55% fall […]

Guidance on making wills using video conferencing

The Government is introducing legislation to allow people to use video-conferencing technology for the witnessing of wills being made. The legislation recognises that: An increasing number of people have sought to make wills during the Covid 19 pandemic, but for people shielding or self-isolating it is extremely challenging to follow the normal legalities of making […]

TPR scores highly in its 2019-2020 Annual Report and Accounts

It is food for thought as the Pensions Regulator (TPR) published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2019-20 (Report). In a period of the impact of COVID-19 and impact on the economy, there is still ‘business as usual’ with: Auto enrolment completed and over 10 million people in a qualifying scheme 38 master trusts have […]

Make decisions and get away from trouble

If you have ever postponed making a decision, this article is especially written for you. Making regular decisions is by far the most successful way of getting away from trouble. Yet there is a world of difference between knowing this and actually making those decisions that hold us back. There are many reasons why we […]

If only they had known that before they started…

A sponsoring employer decided to close their final salary scheme. The shortfall against the estimated buy-out cost was around £5 million. However, the advisers suggested the trustees shop around and approached another annuity provider. After some research, the trustees identified another product which matched their needs. They were amazed that by shopping around, the alternative […]

DB Superfund market given the green light by the Pensions Regulator

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has issued guidance that sets out the standard for setting up and running a defined benefit (DB) superfund model. This includes directors, senior managers and trustees. What is a superfund? A superfund is a model that allows for the severance of an employer’s liability towards a DB scheme and one of […]

“Flexible Furlough” Starts 1 July

The new  Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) “Flexible furlough” starts from 1‌‌ July, which will allow employers to gradually bring their furloughed employees back to work part-time. The new scheme will be in place until the end of October and the Government will gradually reduce the amount of grant towards employees’ furlough pay to 70% […]

Are you claiming the full Withholding Tax on your Pension Fund?

Often, Pension funds are entitled to reclaim 100% of their withholding tax on foreign investment income. However, not all pension funds know that this is the case. Could you have an outstanding refund owed to you? With more than £150bn withheld from pension funds globally, some of it could very well belong to you. Opportunities […]

Savers warned over pension transfer risks

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and The Pensions Regulator (TPR) have produced a factsheet for savers who have a defined benefit (DB) pension. The plain English factsheet, published today (Friday 5 June): tells savers they do not need to rush a decision about their pension and should get advice first reminds DB pension holders that […]

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