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Box Clever and Storm Funding decisions show scope of the regulator’s financial support direction powers
Two recent decisions have demonstrated the latitude that the Pensions Regulator has in pursuing a case for a financial support direction.
This case attracted a lot of media attention in the context of pension liberation.
Mr Smyth was an employee of Woolf Engineering and a member of Woolf’s group personal pension plan, which was administered by Scottish Life.
Browne case: Pensions Ombudsman rules on liability for unauthorised payment charges resulting from payment of a death benefit
An unauthorised payment charge arose because a pension scheme had not made payment of a death benefit within two years of a member’s death.
Thew case: Deputy Pensions Ombudsman rules on the effect of changes to state pension age on scheme rules
Mrs Thew had two periods of employment with Marks & Spencer during which she was a member of the Marks & Spencer Pension Scheme.
Bradbury case: Ombudsman determines on employer duty issues in the employer’s imposition of a cap on pensionable pay
The Ombudsman has ruled that the BBC did not breach its implied duty of trust and confidence and/or the implied term of good faith when imposing a cap on pensionable pay.
Last summer, the DWP announced that the new regulations would be delayed until April 2014, with a draft laid before parliament in advance.
The DWP has provided long-awaited confirmation of the approach that will be taken to scheme benefits that are reclassified from money purchase to defined benefit in April 2014.
This article looks at what prompted the Law Commission’s consultation on the fiduciary duties of investment intermediaries, what it is focused on and what might come next.
The DWP has concluded a consultation on the draft Occupational Pension Schemes (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2014, which broadly provide for three changes.
The end of 2013 saw a flurry of activity both from the Department for Work & Pensions and the Pensions Regulator in relation to public service pension schemes.
Pensions Pieces: minister announces delay to the imposition of a cap on charges in relation to DC pension schemes
Pensions minister Steve Webb has confirmed that the introduction of the proposed cap on pension charges will not be introduced before April 2015.
Draft regulations setting out the revised earnings thresholds for auto enrolment for the 2014–15 tax year have been laid before parliament.
Pensions Pieces: Pensions Regulator/ICAEW publish draft framework for master trusts for consultation
The Pensions Regulator and ICAEW have published a draft reporting framework to help employers better understand the governance and administration arrangements of master trusts.
The Pensions Regulator has issued its final compliance and enforcement policy for occupational defined-contribution trust-based pension schemes.
The provision of the so-called ‘moral hazard’ powers to the Pension Regulator under the Pensions Act 2004 has caused significant concerns.
Following the completion of recent negotiations between Iran and the P5+1, an interim deal relating to sanctions against Iran was reached on 24 November 2013.
From 13 March 2014, under English and Welsh law, married persons of the same sex will need to be provided with the same pension rights as those in civil partnerships.
This update sets out the most significant developments of the new public procurement directives.
A term sheet is a document that outlines the key financial and other terms of a proposed investment.