Towers Watson

The Pensions Insurance Specialist

Scotland would have to fund additional pension costs of around £450 per working-age person per year, the UK government has warned.

In a paper published today, Scotland analysis: Work and pensions, the Department for Work and Pensions said over the next 20 years “extra expenditure on pensioners would rise to around £1.4bn higher per year” in total

The Pensions Regulator has published its first automatic enrolment report under section 89 of the Pensions Act 2004, warning employers of the consequences of non-compliance

Aegon has today announced it will be applying the 0.75 per cent auto-enrolment charge cap for all new business written from 31 August 2014

The Financial Reporting Council is today consulting on its two-yearly review of changes to the UK Corporate Governance Code with a strong emphasis on ensuring remuneration policies are designed with the long-term success of the company in mind

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Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s latest Scottish independence pension claims are “simply ludicrous”, the Scottish National Party has said

The Court of Appeal has upheld a High Court decision in favour of Honda employees in the UK receiving a higher scale of pension benefits than previously thought

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The GAD rate is set to remain at 3 per cent next month before its countdown to terminus following announcements made in the Budget

The government should scrap tax relief on pension contributions and replace it with a Treasury contribution of 50p per £1 saved, the Centre for Policy Studies has argued

Just Retirement has launched a one-year fixed-term annuity in response to Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget announcements

Scottish independence could damage savers' pensions north of the border as the current risk and resource sharing platform would be broken up, Gordon Brown will warn later today

Retirees can expect to see their annual income drop by two thirds when they leave the workplace, despite last month’s Budget announcement offering increased flexibility around how an individual can take their pension, LV= has said

Scottish Widows has announced it will implement a 0.75 per cent charge cap ahead of the government deadline of April 2015


With the government focused on tackling the issue of small pension pots, Peter Davy looks at the ‘pot follows member’ versus ‘aggregation’ debate, and explores the other options available

Pension schemes can find themselves paying members too much for a variety of reasons. While overpayments can usually be recovered, Nadine Wojakovski finds that under some circumstances members will not have to return the funds

Following the release of the ABI and Department of Health’s Social care funding: Statement of intent, Laura Blows explores the increasing role the pensions industry will have in helping people save for long-term care

Bernard Abrahamsen explains the opportunities illiquid credit can provide for pension funds as banks move away from this sector

Mark Wood looks at the problems that arise from the new proposals for pension schemes to support the growth of their sponsors

Sally Ling looks at the increasing role illiquid credit can play in pension funds’ investment strategies, and how schemes can access them

John Belgrove covers some of the factors investors should bear in mind when looking at infrastructure debt

Alistair Wilson looks at how the fixed income markets have behaved so far this year, and the effect this has on pension scheme funding

Mark Jones explains why pension schemes need to digitise their data, particularly in preparation for legislative changes in 2016

The good times have been back for a while when it comes to infrastructure investment. But getting access to the right party isn’t straightforward, finds Marek Handzel

Stewart Patterson explains the importance of taking the correct actions, at the appropriate time, when managing pension scheme risk

As the pensions industry continues to undergo a series of reforms, Laura Blows explores why the time is now right to improve its reputation and how this can be achieved

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