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  • Employer Pensions: Providers up for sale – are you affected?

    By PIB Insurance

    We know change is a constant theme in the world of workplace pensions, but recent headlines demonstrate this is just as true for pension providers.

    If your scheme is affected by a change in provider, are you assessing the impact? 

    Are you considering the Governance of your scheme?

    For many employers, the general position is that your employees must be enrolled into the scheme and a default fund arranged by you, but they pay the charges, they take the investment risk, they may anticipate a reasonable retirement income, and they are responsible for complex decisions at retirement.

    In this context, would they expect you to be monitoring the scheme and provider?

    It is likely that many would, and this is one of the reasons that the Pension Regulator recommends that employers establish a pension governance process4.

    Change will undoubtedly continue. If you want to discuss establishing a pension governance process and/ or the implications of the sale of your scheme, please feel free to talk to us.

    Tel : 0345 565 1617

    Email: employee.benefits@pib-insurance.com

    PIB Employee Benefits

    We are an independent benefits consultancy delivering innovative advice and services to employers. Our pension team are specialists in automatic enrolment and Governance. We know that a well-designed and communicated employee benefits programme can be a vital business tool.

    The Pensions Regulator is the statutory regulator for workplace pensions.

    The Financial Conduct Authority does not regulate auto enrolment and occupational pensions.

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    1 The Telegraph, 23 Feb 2018

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/02/23/standard-life-aberdeen-confirms-3bn-insurance-sale

    2 Corporate Adviser, 22 Feb 2018

    https://corporate-adviser.com/now-pensions-put-sale

    3 BBC News 12 Oct 2017

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-41592949

    4 Monitoring your Pension Scheme, The Pension Regulator, July 2013 http://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/docs/employer-management-committees.pdf

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