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Smaller sized schemes: Does size really matter?

After the rollercoaster of a year last year, 2021 looks to bring us just as many twists and turns, especially in the pensions market. With the Government bolstering the powers of The Pensions Regulator (TPR), all eyes fall on the smaller sized schemes as the eventual crackdown on poor governance looks ever more likely. The […]

Pension Schemes to benefit from The Pensions Regulator Code of Practice

On 17 March 2021, The Pensions Regulator (TPR) published a press release calling for “industry views” to assist in making a “clearer, more accessible single code of practice”. With this in mind, they have opened a consultant which will focus on the draft content for the first phase of their new code of practice. The […]

Performing onsite testing from home | Assure UK

Like many others, government guidelines over the past year, have meant many of our team have been working from home. We wanted to update you on the measures Assure UK have implemented to ensure we continue to provide you maximum assurance on your internal controls. We understand that completing onsite testing is very important., Therefore […]

Spring Clean your Accounts

Spring clean your accounts! Clear out the dust and cobwebs from your pension scheme’s accounts. It’s time to tidy up those accounts and make the most of your time and energy. For homes, spring cleaning is something of a relic. Modern heating methods don’t leave behind the accumulation of soot that used to require deep […]

How as administrators you can help Members avoid pension scams

Anyone can be a victim of a pension scam. What is a pension scam?   Essentially a pension scam is when a scammer tries to persuade a member of a pension scheme to invest their money into a high-risk investment fund potentially resulting in the loss of all of the members pension savings. It can […]

The PMI Master Trust Working Group Gives Great Examples of Good Governance

With a growing market in DC Master Trust employers now have a greater choice in where to invest their employee’s pension contributions. The PMI Master Trust Working Group have published a report on the link between good governance and strong member outcomes for DC Master Trusts (15 October 2020). There were some great examples of […]

The Pension Schemes Act 2021 tells us what we always thought – “there is no free lunch”

Tackling climate change, Protecting pension pots and Funding Defined benefit (DB) schemes are the three key areas highlighted in the blog by David Fairs, Executive Director of Regulatory Policy, Analysis and Advice at TPR (The Pensions Regulator). Climate change “Unfortunately, in this area, as in most if not all areas of life, there is no […]

COVID-19: How to protect schemes from sponsor distress

As of 12 November 2020 the Pensions Regulator (tPR) declared that pension trustees for specifically defined benefit (DB) pension schemes must be ready for possible sponsor distress following the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. Trustees should be ready and cautious for indications of employer distress or insolvency which consequently could be detrimental for the supported […]

What is the Buy One Give One scheme (B1G1)?

You may have heard of the B1G1 project. Quite simply, it is a way for businesses to provide help and support to the most vulnerable people and environments in the world, just by getting on with the ordinary work we do every day. Originally called Buy 1 Give 1, B1G1 in a non-profit organisation based […]

Great to see so many responding to TPR’s first DB code of consultation on DB funding

In January 2021, the Pensions Regulator (TPR) published its first response to its first defined benefit (DB) code of consultation on improving funding pension schemes that will lead to new legislation. There were over one hundred responses with thousands of comments. 32% of responses were from pension advisers and 21% were from pension trustees, with […]

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