10 January 2012
The Pension Protection Fund produces a monthly index update (the January 2012 release has data taken as at 31 December 2011) of the estimated funding position of the defined benefit schemes potentially eligible for entry into the Fund.
Total scheme deficits showed an increase from £222.1bn as at end November to £255.2bn as at end December : an new extreme value for 2011 and in line with the peak value at the height of the 2008/2009 crisis.
The asset and liability contributions to this increase moved in different directions, with the strong performance from equity during the month being more than offset by incremental strength in the long term gilt markets.
A full report is provided by the PPF at this external page