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Cybercrime guidance from PASA for pension administrators

Cybercrime guidance from PASA for pension administrators With millions of people’s pension data kept by pension administrators, the new Cybercrime guidance from the Pensions Administration Standards Association (PASA) is very welcome. The four critical areas covered are: Meeting legal and regulatory standards Understanding an organisation’s vulnerability to cybercrime Building and maintaining resilience Continuing critical functions […]

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Accounts Rules AAF 03/20 one year on

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Accounts Rules AAF 03/20 one year on One year on and so much has changed, with the effect of COVID-19 you have had to tighten your internal controls and now it is time to remind you of some key items you need to be SRA compliant. What changed within the […]

I’m Dreaming of a virtual Christmas!

I’m Dreaming of a virtual Christmas! It seems like a distant memory when the Assure UK team played Zorb football for our quarterly team activity, all of us within 2 meters of each other, running and crashing, trying our hardest to score a goal. Today our team activities are very different. Due to Covid-19 guidelines […]

Providing your audit and assurance services better than ever from our homes

Remote working During these tough times of Covid-19, Assure UK understand the importance of continuing to deliver the services we promise to every one of our clients. Lockdown has allowed the team to adapt the procedures of our audit and assurance projects to maintain a smooth process from the comfort of our homes. Technology is […]

Why assurance teams should learn Python like they do excel

What is Python? Python is a general-purpose programming language which is notable for its relative readability and simplicity in comparison to other languages like Java and C++. As a tool, it has a gargantuan range of applications in the realms of data analytics, machine learning, statistical analysis and computer simulation. The reason for this being […]

New Code of Practice for Professional Corporate Sole Trustees of Pension Schemes

Code of Practice for Professional Corporate Sole Trustees of Pension Schemes A new Code of Practice for Professional Corporate Sole Trustees (PCSTs) of Pension Schemes was approved by the Council of the Association of Professional Pension Trustees (APPT). The new code has now been effect for 2 months since coming into effect on 1 January […]

Pension Audit Pricing

How Much Is a Pension Scheme Audit Really Going to Cost? How much do Pension Scheme Audits cost? This, of course, is always one of the first questions a trustee has when starting the research process for a pension scheme audit. Here at Assure UK, I’d imagine we’ve received this question hundreds of times, likely […]

Opperman calls for pension schemes to invest in renewable energy

Pensions Minister, Guy Opperman, has called for pension schemes to increase their investments in renewable energy sources to help the UK achieve a net zero economy. In an essay series published by the Chartered Banker Institute and the Social Market Foundation, Opperman said that if the “productive power” of UK pension funds is “unleashed” by […]

Being cyber prepared: keeping your data secure when working remotely

Being cyber prepared Cybersecurity and the protection of member data has risen to the top of trustee risk registers. Many trustees will have had detailed training leading up to the introduction of GDPR in May 2018 and will have been through a wholesale review of their contracts, policies and procedures. Due to the nature of […]

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, […]

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