Tag Archives: UK

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

Bringing UK “big business” into line: corporate governance reform

As trailed in our recent blog post, the green paper on the reform of corporate governance was published today by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (formerly BIS).  The paper sets out 14 questions for consultation. The consultation covers three main areas: executive pay, “which has grown much faster over the last two … Continue Reading

Great Expectations: Hermes joins the fray on UK executive pay

Three publications over the last few weeks are particularly relevant for companies preparing their new remuneration policies for 2017 (including most of the FTSE100). Hermes Investment Management recently published its “Remuneration principles: clarifying expectations“.  This is its first solo effort – it previously was part of a group of large investors who jointly published their … Continue Reading

A brake on executive pay? More on employee representation on boards

Tucked away right at the end of Prime Minister’s questions yesterday, immediately before the Autumn Statement, was a very short question: “Does the Prime Minister believe that big companies should put a worker on the board?”  Given recent headlines such as “Theresa May backtracks on putting workers on company boards” (The Telegraph, 21 November) and … 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

Board games: Employees to be fairly represented on the boards of UK companies?

Originally mooted by Theresa May during the hustings for the leadership of the Conservative Party (see our report), the proposal to enable employee representation on the Boards of UK companies finally assumed the status of formal government policy on Wednesday (5th October 2016) with the measure being specifically mentioned in the Prime Minister’s closing speech to … 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

Because they’re worth it? More scrutiny of UK executive pay

The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee has launched a corporate governance inquiry, which includes a focus on executive remuneration. The chair of the committee, Ian Wright MP, said: “Whopping pay awards to senior executives are not only vastly bigger than workers could ever expect to receive but often seem to have very little relationship to … 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

UK pensions VAT – yet another update

Keen readers will recall the long-running saga of the correct treatment of VAT incurred by employers on pension fund costs. Following rulings by the ECJ, HMRC had determined that it needed to change existing UK practice. In particular, this affected defined benefit schemes where HMRC had allowed employers to recover some, but not all, of … Continue Reading

Financial services and not-for-profit firms should consider new PPF proposals on insolvency risk scorecards

The UK Pension Protection Fund (PPF) is reviewing its insolvency risk model with Experian. The proposals being considered are particularly relevant to the financial services and charity sectors. They would be introduced from 2018/2019 (and will not be part of the draft levy rules and levy estimate for 2017/18, which we expect will contain few … Continue Reading

Second bite: Court decides a pension deficit for service company employees must be paid by the trading company

Many group companies operate a service company to employ staff and second them to other group companies. These arrangements are often not fully documented, particularly in groups who see themselves as one business. However, this can cause issues on an insolvency, as shown recently in the case of MF Global UK Ltd (In Special Administration), … Continue Reading
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