UK - Troubled building society Dunfermline has applied for its pension scheme to enter the Pension Protection Fund.
This comes after Nationwide had acquired Dunfermline last month, with government financing of £69m (US$102.7m).
Administrator KPMG confirmed the £32.8m scheme was £7.16m in deficit at the end of 2007 and added the current deficit was estimated to be £20m.
Meanwhile, the lifeboat said the aggregate funding position of the defined benefit pension funds monitored by the PPF was estimated to have worsened during March to a deficit of £242bn, from a deficit of £204.7bn at the end of February.
It added the total deficit of schemes in deficit in March was estimated to have worsened to £253.1bn from £218.0bn at the end of February. In March last year, the aggregate deficit of all schemes in deficit stood at £81.5 billion.
It also said, in March, the total surpluses of schemes in surplus fell to £11.1bn from £13.3bn at the end of February 2009. In March 2008, the total surplus of all schemes in surplus stood at £58.7bn.
Punter Southall principal David Cule said PPF data showed "in current conditions UK companies are required to provide at least £240bn of support for UK pension schemes - more if benefits are expected to be provided in full.
"This is significantly greater than the quantitative easing package put together and on a par with the level of support being put together for the UK banking system."
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