Newspaper publisher Reach has requested discussions with the trustees of its pension funds to defer deficit recovery contributions (DRCs) to shore up finances during the coronavirus pandemic.
Debenhams has missed its April deficit recovery contribution (DRC) to its staff pension schemes as the struggling high street retailer files a notice of intent to appoint administrators amid the Covid-19 crisis.
High levels of scheme governance are more pressing than ever during the Covid-19 pandemic. Jonathan Hazlett looks at how trustees can maintain this while working remotely.
Coronavirus Blog: How to maintain high levels of scheme governance; Reach asks to suspend DRCs; Debenhams misses contribution payment
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The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has issued another set of guidance for coping with the Covid-19 pandemic, with trustees urged to act work flexibly with administrators.
As the Covid-19 outbreak brings new threats from scams, it is important the message to members about avoiding knee-jerk reactions isn't lost in the panic, says David Fairs.
B&CE, the provider of The People’s Pension, has furloughed just under a quarter of its members of staff in response to pressures from the Covid-19 crisis.
HM Revenue and Customs has extended the deadline for the issue of final reconciliation data cuts due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Retirees looking to access additional income from their defined benefit (DB) scheme during the Covid-19 crisis will be victims of a “capacity crunch” as suitable financial advisers flee the market, according to Barnett Waddingham.
Against a Covid-19 backdrop of deteriorating funding positions and reduced ability to pay DRCs, Alistair Russell-Smith looks at key actions for scheme sponsors.
Every month, several firms issue trackers of the aggregate defined benefit (DB) scheme funding position. See here for the March 2020 estimates on the various measures…
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has cancelled a planned rise to the general levy amid the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.
The Pensions Administration Standards Association (PASA) has issued special guidance for administrators as they grapple with the Covid-19 crisis.
The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is “pulling out all the stops” to help struggling employers during the Covid-19 crisis, although latest guidance may put trustees in a “challenging” position, the industry says.
Any weakening of the sponsor covenant arising from the Covid-19 crisis is likely to have the most challenging impact for pension schemes, according to March's Pensions Buzz respondents.
In these unprecedented times, it is more important than ever that DC schemes have the right processes in place for governance, communications, and administration. Rona Train looks at what you need to be checking for.
Defined benefit (DB) scheme trustees should be open to employer requests to reduce or suspend deficit recovery contributions (DRCs) if there is a good reason to do so, The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has said.
Trustees “must be confident” they can continue to take care of members despite the ongoing financial fallouts caused by the spread of coronavirus, says Dalriada Trustees.
The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has temporarily relaxed the timeframe for schemes which need to report late payments from employers for workplace pension schemes.
Susannah Young looks at how pension schemes should be reacting to impact of the coronavirus crisis on investment-related considerations and discusses steps trustees can take.
Furloughed workers will continue to receive pension contributions under the government’s coronavirus job retention scheme, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has confirmed.
The Bank of England has maintained the historic low 0.1% base rate and predicted a gloomy economic outlook for the UK in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Pension professionals show us their new 'work colleagues' as their turn their homes into offices.