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Budget resolutions and the UK general election: what does it mean for pensions?

A client asked me a pertinent question yesterday, along the lines of: “Do the pensions changes announced in the last Budget still stand given that they are not yet enshrined in legislation and Parliament is soon to be dissolved?” The short and unhelpful answer is: “It depends…”  But what exactly does it depend upon? By … Continue Reading

The goalposts have been moved for DC pensions savings

The money purchase annual allowance (MPAA) affects individuals who have accessed their UK pension savings flexibly – it restricts further tax-free contributions they can make to defined contribution registered pension plans. A change of tactics The original MPAA introduced in 2015 was £10,000. Just two years later the Government’s response to its MPAA consultation, issued … Continue Reading

New tax charge for overseas pension transfers

Trustees and pensions administrators should revise their transfer processes following an announcement in the UK Spring Budget designed to “tackle abuse of foreign pension schemes”. What’s the issue? In summary, where a member makes a formal request to transfer pension funds to an overseas pension plan the transfer will be an authorised payment provided that … Continue Reading

When should pension trustees flex their shareholder muscles?

In January 2017 the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), as a representative body for pension funds, published its amended Corporate Governance Policy and Voting Guidelines. The PLSA observes that many of its members hold equity stakes in UK companies as part of their investment portfolio and have a clear interest in promoting the success … Continue Reading

It’s the year of the rooster – what are we cock-a-doodle-doing in pensions?

After a busy 2016 in the pensions world it looks likely that 2017 will be just as eventful. The UK government will be following up on various consultations and finalising numerous pieces of legislation that are currently in draft. The planned green paper on DB pension reform should also make for some interesting reading, especially … Continue Reading

EU Directive on Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision (IORP II)

On 8 December 2016 the European Council published that it had adopted IORP II, which was approved and agreed by the European Parliament on 24 November 2016. The European Council set out in its publication that the directive is aimed at facilitating the development of institutions for occupational retirement provision (IORPs) and better protecting pension … Continue Reading

Populism, profit-shifting and UK pensions

The demand for corporates and wealthy individuals to adopt greater tax transparency continues to build momentum – the significance of the global reaction to it makes the recent Autumn Statement seem like chicken feed. The reforms being formulated could have a dramatic impact upon tax strategies and corporate governance generally. Whilst it will no doubt … Continue Reading

Confusion reigns on CPI?

CPIH is to become the preferred method of UK consumer price inflation from March 2017, according to a statement issued by the National Statistician on 10 November 2016. This follows a wide-ranging and long-lasting process of consultation and consideration. But what will be the impact on UK pensions? Pension inflation measures have been in the … Continue Reading

Further changes to triviality rules affecting DC and hybrid plans – not such a trivial issue?

New legislation has corrected an anomaly that has arisen in relation to trivial commutation rights for members of certain UK Defined Contribution (DC) and hybrid pension plans. Following changes made on 6 April 2015 to the statutory definition of “trivial commutation lump sum” (TCLS), a TCLS can now only be paid from a Defined Benefit … Continue Reading

Corporate professional trustees breathe collective sigh of relief

The UK Companies Act 2006 currently allows companies to appoint a corporate director as long as at least one of the directors is an individual. As most professional trusteeship providers operate as companies, the law effectively allows them to be appointed as a corporate director of the corporate trustee of a pension plan. However, the Small Business, … Continue Reading

Caps off to PPF consultation!

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched a consultation on proposed changes to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) compensation cap, which would increase the potential compensation for long-service pension plan members. At present, members who have not yet reached their pension plan’s normal pension age when their plan enters the PPF are paid … Continue Reading

There is no such thing as easy cash

Following a change in UK legislation there is now uncertainty about if, and how, Guaranteed Minimum Pensions (GMPs) can be commuted for cash before GMP age (65 for males and 60 for females). Some pension plan advisers are suspending trivial commutations pending trustee instructions and we are increasingly being contacted by clients for advice on … Continue Reading
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