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Current Issues - May 2024

01 May 2024 - Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

See excerpts from this month's articles below (to read more, please download our latest Current Issues).

DB annual funding statement, 2024

The Pensions Regulator has issued the 2024 edition of its Annual Funding Statement for private-sector defined benefit (DB) schemes. In recognition of other developments that are afoot - funding reforms and the Mansion House initiative - this year’s Statement has been kept short, at around seven printed pages, and largely reiterates the points made in 2023. Where funding levels have improved trustees are urged to reconsider the strategies that they established in a period of low interest rates to ensure they remain in the best interests of members. Options include running-on to generate surplus, buy-out with an insurer or entering a consolidator. Meanwhile, the ‘sizable minority’ that are still in deficit on their scheme-specific funding basis are advised to plan to make up the shortfall as quickly as their sponsors can reasonably afford, with careful attention to covenant strength. 

DB funding gets FIS-ical

Two sets of Regulations, made on 2 April 2024, have brought the Pensions Act 2021’s defined benefit (DB) funding reforms into force, with effect from 6 April 2024. The changes will manifest themselves in actuarial valuations with effective dates on or after 22 September 2024.

Regulator settles with FSD targets

The Pensions Regulator has published a Regulatory Intervention Report setting out how it reached a settlement after restructuring activity and debt write-offs put assets outside the reach of a small defined benefit (DB) pension scheme when its sponsoring employer went into administration.

Ombudsman shaves overpayments claim

The Pensions Ombudsman recently published a mammoth (72-page) determination, exploring defences to 'equitable recoupment', in which trustees offset overpayments against pension instalments, rather than asking the member to pay the money back. He whittled down more than £90,000 of claimed overpayments, made over the course of 24 years to one, now-elderly gentleman, to about £6,500.

Pension Schemes Newsletters

Updates on PSN 158 and PSN 159.



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Current Issues - May 2024


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