UK - Writer and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth will be the host of this year's Pension Scheme of The Year Awards.
The former Chester MP - well known for his woolly jumpers - has had a diverse career, including spells as a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury in John Major’s government and regular appearances on TV’s Countdown and radio’s Just a Minute. He also has his own arts and entertainment chat show on LBC 1152.
Professional Pensions editor Len Roberts said: “Schemes representing the full spectrum of the industry are vying for accolades in an event that has established itself as the biggest and most prestigious of its kind.”
A buyout tool which provides schemes with up-to-date pricing and comparisons between insurers has been launched by JLT Employee Benefits.
The DB white paper sets out plans to review the funding regime, with 'prudent' and 'appropriate' possibly redefined. But James Phillips asks if this could this signal a return to an MFR-like approach?
The trustees of GKN's pension schemes have agreed a package of mitigation measures that would improve funding to a "more prudent level" if Melrose's offer is accepted by shareholders next week.
While the new powers are welcome, most respondents doubt it will make a difference to the outcomes for members, Pensions Buzz respondents say.