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Current Issues - August

01 August 2014 / Newsletters

Current Issues - August 2014 including no ban on DB to DC transfer in the private sector, Pensions Liberation Fraud, The ‘Guidance Guarantee’, Short Service Benefits, Auto-Enrolment – TPR investigates non-compliance,

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Current Issues - July

01 July 2014 / Newsletters

Current Issues - July 2014 including Government Legislates for Risk-sharing Schemes, Power to End DB-to-DC Transfers from the Public Sector, PPF Levy Framework from 2015, TPR Record Keeping Investigation, AVCs and TPR’s ‘Quality Features’

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Current Issues - End of Contracting Out

01 June 2014 / Newsletters

From April 2016, it will no longer be possible for pension schemes to be contracted-out of the State Second Pension. This has implications for contracted-out schemes open to accrual and potentially those who have yet to reconcile their GMP benefits with HMRC.

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Current Issues - Changes to PPF methodology

01 June 2014 / Newsletters

In June 2014 the Pension Protection Fund (‘PPF’) published its consultation for the levy years 2015/16 to 2017/18. The consultation sets out details on the change in insolvency risk provider from Dun & Bradstreet to Experian and on other proposed changes to the levy calculation.

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Current Issues - June

01 June 2014 / Newsletters

Current Issues - June 2014 including Pensions Act 2014, Increase in State Pension Age, Abolition of contracting out, TPR issues new DB Code of Practice, Combined Pension Statements

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Government should guarantee DB pensions

02 May 2014 / Blogs

Richard Bryant considers the pros and cons of the proposed ban on DB to DC transfers and believes it can only be fair if the Government guarantees members' full benefits

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Current Issues - May

01 May 2014 / Newsletters

Current Issues - May 2014 including the Importance of making amendments properly, Auto-Enrolment, Europe proposes test for Trustees, Amendments to TUPE, TPR survey, Proposed changes to DB Scheme Accounts, Additional time for DC retirement and Atkin in the Press.

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Distressed schemes should pay PPF level benefits

23 April 2014 / Blogs

It is usually in everyone's interest for schemes to continue as long as possible should we therefore allow those in distress to reduce their benefits to PPF levels

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Current Issues - April

01 April 2014 / Newsletters

Current Issues - April 2014, including Budget Changes, Record-keeping Update and a new European Directive.

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Budget 2014 - Short term populism or new dawn?

20 March 2014 / Blogs

Nick takes a "glass half empty look" at the 2014 Budget debate

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We used Atkin Trustees as part of a wind up of our scheme. With the help and support of Richard Bryant we were able to move forward a process that had become stalled - his expert guidance was invaluable to me and the other Trustee involved. The whole process was handled in a practical and timely manner, and I felt at last we had access to expert Trustee experience and knowledge to guide us through the many obstacles that we faced. It was a pleasure working with Richard.

Len, Independent Trustee client