Insight / Regulator issues guidance on £170bn pension ‘superfunds’

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has published new guidance for trustees and employers on transferring to defined benefit (DB) ‘superfunds’, as PwC research suggests up to one million pension scheme members and £170bn of assets could take this route over the next decade

Insight / Covid-19: Pensions Regulator removes DC reporting exemptions

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has updated its Covid-19 guidance, and from the start of next year defined contribution (DC) schemes and providers will need to report late contribution payments no later than 90 days after the due date, removing the exemption available earlier in the pandemic

Tax / Private pension withdrawal age to be raised

The Treasury has confirmed that the minimum private pension age will increase from 55 to 57 in 2028, meaning that savers in late forties and those younger will now need to wait two years longer before accessing their pension

Insight / Football commentator seeks to boot out pension scammers

With over £30m reportedly lost to pension fraud over the past three years, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and The Pensions Regulator (TPR) have launched a new advertising campaign, fronted by football commentator Clive Tyldesley, designed to show scammers the red card

Insight / Pension providers to report on climate change financial risks

The government is consulting on plans designed to ensure pension providers consider the risk of climate change on their investments, with trustees legally required to assess and report on the financial risks

Tax / Higher rate pension relief threat to fund coronavirus bill

In her second article on possible pension tax relief reform, LEBC’s Kay Ingram sees greater restrictions ahead as cost of Covid-19 becomes clearer with Spring Budget changes short-lived

Tax / Pensions tax help for lowest paid workers under review

As the government consults on the impact of pension tax relief on lower earners, LEBC’s Kay Ingram weighs the options, calling for greater automation

Insight / Q&A: using rental losses against pension income

In our regular Q&A series from Croner Taxwise, tax adviser, Marsha Haywood explores where an individual may make a claim to set a rental business loss against their general income (pension income)

Insight / Follow up Covid-19 guidance for pensions administrators

The Pensions Administration Standards Association (PASA) has issued follow up Covid–19 guidance designed to highlight best practice for administrators as they navigate their way out of lockdown and businesses adopt new ways of working

Tax / Treasury consults on pensions tax relief administration

The Treasury is consulting on how to plug a loophole in the way pensions tax relief operates, which means around 1.75m lower paid workers saving in a pension may end up in differing financial positions depending on how their scheme is administered

Insight / Impact on pensions of changes to Job Retention Scheme

As the government begins to unwind its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme over the coming months, LEBC’s Kay Ingram looks at how pensions will be affected by the changes

Tax / Hidden tax risks of raiding the pension pot

Extracting cash from your pension might seem an obvious source of income during the Covid-19 crisis, but complex tax rules mean it should only be a last resort, says LEBC Group’s Kay Ingram

Insight / Nunn: time to review pension annual allowance

As more fall between the cracks of coronavirus support packages, Berkeley Associates director Yvette Nunn argues annual pension allowance rules should be relaxed for those that need to access savings in these difficult times

Insight / FCA consults on value for money in workplace pensions

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is consulting on proposals designed to promote value for money for the members of workplace personal pension schemes, after a review identified inconsistences in the approach used by the two bodies which represent their interests

Insight / Pensions regulator sets ‘high bar’ for new superfunds

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has published guidance giving the green light for so-called DB pension ‘superfunds’, ahead of government moves, but has warned it wants to see ‘stringent’ standards and a robust regulatory framework for this new approach