DB to DC transfers – Pensions Regulator consultation

2 March 2015 The Pensions Regulator has produced a useful consultation document on DB to DC transfers and conversions and invited comments by 17 March 2015. The consultation document is pretty clear, concise and accessible and is likely to form the basis of new guidance for DB pension scheme trustees faced with the tricky question of how to handle DB members wishing to transfer to a DC scheme.     For me, there are five key areas: There should be relatively few cases where such a transfer is actually in the best interests of the member – giving up guaranteed…

Continue reading

Do you have quality DC pension scheme governance?

10 February 2014 The Pensions Regulator has followed up its work on the DC Code and DC Regulatory Guidance with their views on how trustees (both for single- and master-trust vehicles) should assess and communicate their compliance with these initiatives. To recap, the DC Code lays out the legal framework for DC trust-based pensions and provides suggestions of practical guidance on how to comply whereas the DC Regulatory Guidance lays out the Regulator’s view on the quality features underpinning their view of good practice. The Regulator has laid out 31 key quality features in areas such as trustee knowledge, training…

Continue reading

Follow Up: Department of Work and Pensions : Auto Enrolment Thresholds 2013 / 14

19 December 2012 The Department of Work and Pensions has announced the results of their consultation on auto enrolment thresholds for 2013/14 (our previous article is published here). The conclusion of the consultation has agreed DWP’s approach to align the three key thresholds to the corresponding National Insurance thresholds and the earnings trigger has been adjusted to take into account changes in the PAYE threshold announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. Author: Martin Veasey © www.veaseyassociates.co.uk 2011 – 2018

Continue reading