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The wheels of the law turn (too) slowly


@henryhtapper @NJM71 @mk14steve @RedCircleFP @RAF_IFA Back in Jan ’18, 4 pension scammers were ordered to pay back millions they stole from hundreds of victims. And now 9 months later these crooks have been banned from acting as trustees. NINE MONTHS! … Continue reading

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“Making workplace pensions work” – the Pension Regulator’s new approach


I’ve been on the Pensions Regulator’s stakeholder panel a couple of years and this gets me a ticket to their Annual Conference. I haven’t bought the new vision in previous years, but yesterday’s event, held in County Hall, pushed the … Continue reading

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I was ashamed of my pension colleagues


Yesterday, as a guest of CWU’s Deputy General Secretary , Terry Pullinger, I spent a morning at the Westminster City Forum’s conference on Next Steps for UK Pension Funds. The Conference dealt with the regulation of DB pensions, consolidation and the future … Continue reading

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The silent majority aren’t drawing down anything!


The proportion of full cash withdrawals and annuity plans sold with advice in the second half of 2017/18 fell to its lowest rate since the second half of 2015/16. This means that an increasing proportion of pots accessed through an … Continue reading

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CDC has cross-party support, it also needs cross-departmental support.


I was at a CDC Forum yesterday with people from the DWP and various pension experts, I can’t say who or what they said but suffice it to say that this was “large employer stuff”. Necessarily this is where the … Continue reading

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“Are people that dumb?” Compulsion and dashboards.


The FT are running a story about the “pensions industry” regrouping around Plan B and doing their own dashboard. There is indeed a conference in September about this and I’d urge you to go (I hope to contribute). There is … Continue reading

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Can a DC plan be “in deficit”?


Yesterday, I fired off a message to the Pensions Regulator to put a stop on Whitbread’s sale of Costa to Coke, till restitution is made of the money owing to the low earners auto-enrolled into its net pay workplace pension. I won’t … Continue reading

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Should we be empowering consumers or regulating providers?


  Well we’re on to question three – all the proposed eight blogs  will be sent to WPC as our evidence – when I mean “our”- I mean mine – and the thoughts of anyone who cares to comment. So here’s this morning’s exam … Continue reading

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Workplace pensions – value for money?


  This is the second of eight blogs answering the questions set out in the Work and Pension Select’s inquiry into transparency in pensions. The idea is that this blog, together with comments from anyone who chooses, will go to … Continue reading

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Don’t ignore the Pensions Regulator.


A cautionary tale was published on the Pensions Regulator’s website yesterday. There’s not much point embellishing the statement made by tPR. If you’re organisation runs an occupational pension scheme, then it has to disclose to the Pensions Regulator when they ask for … Continue reading

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