Welcome to Pensions in 10

Join us every week for a brief look at the big pensions news stories in under 10 minutes, hosted by David Brooks (Head of Policy) and Simon Kew (Head of Market Engagement). We will discuss the major issues of the day and their implications for pensions policy, trustees and employers.

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Episode 22 – 27th February 2024

This week, Simon and David talk about the options for DB schemes, the latest news from The Pensions Regulator and the Pensions credit boost which can be available to members up until the 5th of March 2024.

Episode 21 – 20th February 2024

This week in Pensions in 10 Simon Kew and David Brooks talk you through a PPI event on engagement, the latest on the lifetime allowance, discretionary increases and The Pensions Ombudsman.

Episode 20 – 13th February 2024

Join David Brooks and Simon Kew to get their reaction to The Times Plug the Pensions Gap campaign, savers’ struggles to transfer their SIPPs from Hartley after it entered administration and mixed messages around increases to steelworkers’ pensions.

Episode 19 – 6th February 2024

This week, Simon and David meet in person to discuss the DB funding code regulations, Labour’s policy document on financial services and pensions, retirement commissions and a concluding rant on the State Pension.

Episode 18 – 30th January 2024

This week, your hosts David Brooks and Simon Kew give their views on pot for life proposals, changes at The Pensions Regulator and tax being taxing.

Episode 17 – 23rd January 2024

This week, hosts Simon Kew and David Brooks look at discretionary increases, a successful campaign to show your pension some attention and a retired teacher’s troubles with the Teachers Pension Scheme.

Episode 16 – 16th January 2024

In this week’s episode, your hosts, David Brooks and Simon Kew, finally get the chance to discuss the General Code the regulator has laid in front of the House of Commons. As David says, “It’s been a long time coming“, so was it worth the wait? Simon and David also run the rule over last week’s Work & Pensions Select Committee.

Episode 15 – 9th January 2024

It’s the first episode of 2024, where your hosts, David and Simon this week discuss the stories people may have missed over the festive break, the regulator’s latest prosecution of a trustee and HMRC going after the victims of pension scams.

Episode 14 – 12th December 2023

In this week’s episode, your hosts David Brooks and Simon Kew cover the FCA’s review of advice and guidance, TPR’s thoughts on M&A and look ahead to 2024.

Episode 13 – 5th December 2023

This week, Simon and David discuss the latest review on Defined Benefit transfer advice, confirmation that the abolition of the Lifetime Allowance is going full steam ahead and the government’s response to the Work & Pensions Committee’s recommendations on LDI.

Episode 12 – 28th November 2023

It is an Autumn Statement special on this week’s Pensions in 10! Simon and David cover everything pensions related from the Chancellor’s fiscal event last week. Listen below to get your bitesize review of ‘pot for life,’ a public sector consolidator, scheme surpluses and much more.

Episode 11 – 21st November 2023

This week, David Brooks and Simon Kew talk all things politics with the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on Wednesday and send a message to the new Pensions Minister.

Episode 10 – 14th November 2023

It’s our 10th Pensions in 10! This week, Simon and David talk about whether pensions are “off the menu” in parliament, the Pensions Ombudsman’s competency ruling and why it will make life harder for trustees, and the importance of members filling out their expression of wish and nomination forms. This week’s closing point is a cautionary tale about DB buy-out and a “tectonic typo”.

Episode 09 – 7th November 2023

This week, Simon Kew and David Brooks cover the news of Clara Pensions announcing its first superfund deal yesterday, summarise the latest updates on defined contribution savings and look at a Pensions Ombudsman case. This week’s finisher comes courtesy of a surprising parliamentary question submitted to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Episode 08 – 31st October 2023

In this episode, David Brooks gets his teeth stuck into some intriguing pensions policy stories that have appeared in the press, and Simon Kew shares his views (and his bugbear!) on CDC. This week’s episode finishes with a look ‘Through the keyhole’ at how Peter Tomkins, a pensions actuary, went viral on TikTok.

Episode 07 – 24th October 2023

This week David and Simon discuss Autumn Statement rumours, Pensions Charter and policy, breaking news on the Wilko pension scheme and a hair-raising finisher.

Episode 06 – 17th October 2023

In this episode, Simon and David chew the fat on the abolition of the Lifetime Allowance, the appointment of an inaugural CEO at Quietroom and the rising number of complaints going into The Pensions Ombudsman. This week’s finisher takes a light-hearted look at how the pensions industry should be taking inspiration from the take-up of bicycling in Copenhagen.

Episode 05 – 10th October 2023

In this episode, David Brooks and Simon Kew talk about the General Levy and the inter-departmental review from The Pensions Regulator. This week’s pun-tastic finisher looks at the Pension Protection Fund “branching out” its investments into a Tasmanian forest management company.

Episode 04 – 3rd October 2023

In this Tuesday update, David and Simon talk about scams following some hefty fines dished out by the FCA and the Pensions Ombudsman, longevity, and the latest on Pensions Dashboards.

Episode 03 – 26th September 2023

This week Simon and David discuss the collapse of Wilko and the underfunded pension scheme, M&G’s return to the buy-out market and auto-enrolment regulations. We also take a look at the Pension Attention campaign.

Episode 02 – 19th September 2023

In this episode, our hosts David and Simon dive into the triple lock, the PPF Levy and TPR actively contacting Third Party Administrators.

Episode 01 – 12th September 2023

In the first episode, the Mansion House consultations, the State Pension triple lock and a new Shadow pensions team in Parliament are all covered in this week’s whistle-stop tour.

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