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Employers should be alert to the mandatory increases in total minimum contributions to their qualifying workforce pension schemes under the automatic enrolment regulations.
In this Winter edition of Pensions Outlook we consider a number issues in the pension's and benefits arena.
This year's Budget will take place on 29 October and there is the usual speculation that the Chancellor will make changes to the tax relief available on pension contributions but other changes to pensions may be announced as well.
If you are a trustee or sponsor of a pension scheme that was contracted out of the state-earnings related scheme before 6 April 1997 this affects you.
There are not many occasions in a mediation where I hesitate to say that mediations are conducted in the "shadow of the court". However, I must admit to some discomfort over pensions.
Life assurance schemes can be established either as tax registered schemes, or non-registered schemes where the underlying benefits will not count towards the member's lifetime allowance which is currently £1.25 million.
What should you consider when paying out life assurance benefits – and what are the implications if you get it wrong? Adrian Lamb, Legal Director in our Pensions and Benefits team considers the issues involved for employers and trustees.
A lot of employers are being advised to consider unregistered group life schemes for their staff for the provision of lump sum death in service benefits.
Following its Green Paper on Security and Sustainability in Defined Benefit Pension Schemes in February last year the DWP has now published its white paper under the above heading.