Tag Archives: pensions

Carillion inquiry criticises regulator

Carillion’s rise and spectacular fall was a story of “recklessness, hubris and greed”. Last week, the Work and Pensions Committee and the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee published the final report of their joint inquiry into the collapse of Carillion – a “giant and unsustainable corporate time bomb”. If, as the report states, Carillion […]

Tribunal agrees Box Clever support

The Upper Tribunal has decided that it is reasonable for the Pensions Regulator to require companies from the corporate group of ITV to provide support for the Box Clever Group Pension Scheme. The scheme has 2,800 members and a funding deficit of around £115 million. Box Clever was formed in 2000 as a joint venture […]

RBS to pay £3.5bn to pension scheme ahead of ring-fencing

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has agreed to pay contributions of up to £3.5 billion to its pension scheme in readiness for UK ring-fencing legislation taking effect from 1 January 2026. RBS has agreed a  Memorandum of Understanding with the trustee of the Main Scheme of the RBS Group Pension Fund under which it will […]

The future of the defined benefit system

The funding deficits of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes have made news headlines in recent times, following the difficulties encountered by the British Steel Pension Scheme and some high profile business failures. The Government’s response was to issue a Green paper suggesting ways in which the funding and security of members’ pensions could be improved. […]

ABI publishes framework for the management of ‘gone-away’ customers in the life and pensions market

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has produced a framework designed to help firms operating in the life and long-term savings market to better identify, trace, verify and manage those customers with whom they have lost contact (‘gone-aways’). The voluntary framework, which consists of 11 principles, is intended to support providers in developing, maintaining and […]

ABI publishes guide to help firms identify and support vulnerable customers in the long term savings market

ABI has published a guide to help firms operating in the long term savings market better understand, identify and support customers who may be vulnerable, to ensure all customers are supported through the whole customer journey. The guide sets out principles, good practice and case studies. ABI recommends that firms: implement a vulnerability policy or […]

CMA investigation in the investment consultancy services market

Following the referral of the investment consultancy services market by the FCA to the CMA earlier this year, the CMA is now entering the phase of further information gathering and has updated its investigations page with the responses to issues statement received from the industry. The referral by the FCA followed its Asset Management Market […]

FCA consults on FSCS funding

Following its December 2016 consultation for views on how FSCS funding could be reformed, FCA has published a further consultation paper seeking to ensure FSCS continues to provide the right protections, works effectively and is funded fairly. Proposals under consultation include: Merging the Life and Pensions and Investment Intermediation funding classes; Requiring product providers to […]

FCA updates on defined benefits concerns

FCA has updated on its work looking at how firms are advising customers on defined benefit pension transfers. It had noted the risks that many firms refer their customers to specialist transfer firms. FCA is concerned these transfer firms sometimes give advice without considering the receiving scheme or investments, or knowing the intentions of the […]

Treasury Committee letter to Chancellor on effect of Brexit on insurance contracts

The Treasury Committee has published a letter written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer highlighting the problem with insurance contracts sold under passporting arrangements with a duration beyond 29 March 2019. The Chair of the Treasury Committee explains that without further action, insurers will lose the right to service these contracts and there may be insufficient time to […]

Treasury responds on pension scams

Treasury has confirmed its plans to ban cold calling, emails and texts in respect of private pensions as part of its measures to address pension scams.  It will also tighten rules to ensure that only active companies which produce up-to-date accounts can register pension schemes and introduce measures to help prevent money being transferred from […]

FCA Regulation Round-Up for July

The FCA published its July edition of Regulation Round-Up this week.  Highlights of some of the “hot topics” covered include: interim report of the FCA’s Retirement Outcomes Review; the publication of the final report on its asset management market study; the publication of the MiFID II policy statement and consultation paper VI; first undertaking received under […]

FCA publishes retirement income report

FCA has published the interim report on its retirement outcomes review, in which it looks at how the retirement income market has evolved since introduction of the pension freedoms. FCA’s findings to date have included evidence that consumers welcome the new freedoms – for example, it is now the norm to access pots early, with […]

FCA publishes pensions lifestyle strategy review

FCA has published the findings from its review of life insurers’ pension lifestyle investment strategies. It had asked 13 insurers what their approach was to these strategies in the light of the 2015 pension reforms and how consumer behaviour had changed as a result. FCA found that firms use different names for the books they operate, […]

eiopa to publish guidance on sound principles for authorisation and supervision in light of brexit

EIOPA’s (European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority) head of policy, Manuela Zweimuller, has announced at a conference that EIOPA will publish the guidance with a view to arming national regulators against the risk of regulatory arbitrage that may be on the radar of member state politicians.        

FSCS confirms £363m levy for 2017/18

FSCS has announced its levy for 2017/18. The £363m is less than forecast in the FSCS’ 2017/18 Plan and Budget in January, but more than the 2016/17 levy. The 2017/18 levy includes: no change to the £100m levy on life and pensions advisers; £5m more to be paid general insurance intermediaries than FSCS forecast in January; and […]

Government consults on single body for public financial guidance

The Treasury has issued a consultation on proposals to establish a single advisory body to replace, and bridge perceived gaps between, the Money Advice Service, the Pensions Advisory Service and ‘Pension Wise’ guidance form the Department of Work and Pensions. The new statutory body will bring together pensions guidance, money guidance and debt advice, and will have […]