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Blog: Employers

NO vote – but a call for change

Pension schemes should not rest easy as Scots vote No to independence, changes still lie ahead

Assessment of mental health risks within the workplace

Following the publication today of Dame Sally Davies’ annual report into mental health which shows mental illness leads to the loss of 70 million working days in the UK

FRC proposes amendments to FRS102 to address confusion

Exposure draft confirms schedule of contributions will not need to be recognised as additional liability under accounting standard FRS102

Inflation measure downgrade casts further doubt on pension increases

CPIH’s loss of national statistic status means some schemes may need to look once again at their pension increase rules

The bulk annuity market continues to go from strength to strength in 2014

According to research by Barnett Waddingham, UK insurers completed bulk annuity transactions totalling around £2.5bn in Quarter 2 of 2014.

Reducing DB deficits costs FTSE350 37p in every £1

Our annual FTSE350 research has shown that firms pay 37p out of every £1 they spend on pension provision on reducing existing DB pension deficits.

What is commutation?

The ability to take a tax free lump sum on retirement has long been a popular feature of pension arrangements. Commutation is defined as giving up part or all of the pension payable from retirement in exchange for an immediate lump sum.

Switching to CPI may just have become a little easier

When the government changed statutory minimum pension increases to increases in CPI rather than RPI, many employers and trustees were flung into a flurry of activity on what that meant for their schemes.

No ban DB to DC transfers welcome news

The government has announced today that it will not ban members of DB pension schemes from transferring into DC schemes, but will require members to receive regulated advice before they transfer.

Good news for employers looking to manage DB liabilities

A note about the government response to the consultation on freedom and choice in pensions, focusing on the announcement that transfers from DB to DC schemes will not be banned.

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