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Chairman’s Statement – New Disclosure Requirements

Last updated: Wednesday February 13th 2019

Summary and Solution

Trustees of schemes providing defined contribution (DC) benefits are required to prepare an annual governance statement (known as a ‘Chair’s Statement’) within seven months of the scheme year end. Failure to do so can result in fines, negative publicity and enforcement action.

The new requirement came into force on 6 April 2018, it requires additional information to be provided in relation to investment charges and core transaction costs. The information is to be made available online to members via the Chair’s statement.  The information must be provided free of charge on a publicly accessible website.

At Assure UK we can provide you with a cost-effective, branded website that meets the new requirements. Websites start at £199 exc VAT with three months free website hosting, which usually costs £20 per month exc VAT. Please contact us on 020 7112 8300 alternatively you can email info@assureuk.co.uk if you require any assistance.

 

Background

Since 6 April 2015 the trustees of a pensions scheme providing defined contribution (DC) benefits have been required to prepare an annual governance statement that meets the Pensions Regulators (tPR) specifications. The statement is to be a meaningful narrative of how and to what extent governance requirements have been met. Trustees are required to produce the statement within 7 months of a schemes year end, failure to do results in a fine from the tPR between £500 and £2,000.

 

The new requirement that came into force 6 April 2018, requires additional information on charges and transaction costs to be available on a free and publicly available domain. Please note there are exceptions to these requirements:

  • DB schemes where DC benefits are provided as additional voluntary contributions
  • Executive pension schemes; and
  • Small self-administered schemes are all exempt.

 

When do the changes apply?

Though the regulation came into effect on 6 April 2018, the deadlines for trustees to provide the information is 7 months after the scheme’s year end.

Meaning if your schemes year end was 6 April 2018 you should have been compliant by 6 November 2018. If your year end was 30 September 2018 you will need to comply by 30 April 2019.

 

Key changes

The new requirement builds on information that has been required as per the chair’s statements since 6 April 2015. For schemes ending on or after 6 April 2018, trustees must provide the following information moving forward:

  • An illustration of the cumulative effect of charges and costs on a typical member of pension savings. The department of work and pensions set out statutory guidance of how particular requirements should be met – click here.
  • The charges and transaction costs for each default arrangement and alternative fund option, that members were invested in during the scheme year.

 

What must be published?

The following should be on a free, publicly accessible:

  • The levels if changes and transaction costs applicable to funds members have been invested in during the scheme’s year.
  • An illustration of the compounding effect of charges and costs on member pensions savings.
  • Information on transaction costs that trustees have not been able to obtain, as well as the steps being taken to ensure they can provide the information, is provided in the future.
  • Provide an explanation about the value for money trustees are providing for members, in relation to charges and transaction costs
  • A statement of investment principles
  • A review of the default investment strategy as well as the performance of the default arrangements. Any changes made as a result of the review should also be provided.

If there has been no review during the schemes year, details of the last review are to be provided.

Click here to read the tPR guide to the Chairman’s statement.

 

At Assure UK we can provide you with a cost-effective, branded website that meets the new requirements. Websites start at £199 exc VAT with three months free website hosting, which usually costs £20 per month exc VAT. If you would like a website created or require assistance to meet the new requirement please contact us on 020 7112 8300 alternatively you can email info@assureuk.co.uk.