A key part of the assessment is whether costs and charges borne by the members represent good value for them (Value for Member).
A scheme offers value for money where the costs and charges deducted from members provide good value in relation to the benefits and services they receive, when compared to other options available in the market. For instance, if your scheme has higher costs and charges it should offer improved benefits and services.’ The Pensions Regulator, April 2015
A VFM assessment needs to incorporate a wide range of areas and components to understand what members value most to know whether the scheme over all succeeds in offering ‘value’.
Both Absolute VFM (based on schemes own merits and benefits) and Relative VFM (comparing the scheme with its peers) needs to be reviewed under the assessment as both are of use to the trustees and company.
Below we highlight the step-by-step process we take in carrying out a VFM assessment.
Our report provides the independent assessment trustees require to ensure that their scheme provides both Value for Money and Value for Members and provides a clear list of action and priorities for trustees.
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Barnett Waddingham named ‘highly commended’ in the ‘DC Consultancy of the Year’ category at the UKPA awards in what was a very competitive field.
For the second consecutive year, we are delighted to have been named ‘DC Adviser of the Year’ at Pensions Insight's DC Awards.
Barnett Waddingham is delighted to have been recognised as the UK’s DC adviser of the year, and the leading DC technology provider of the year at the Pensions Insight DC Awards 2016.