Helping reduce the burden of trusteeship
Trust based ‘Occupational’ pensions schemes come in all shapes and sizes; at Ernest Grant our advisers offer a variety of services to sponsoring employers and/or Trustees across the piste.
From 6 April 2015, Trustees of defined contribution (DC) schemes had to meet new requirements on governance standards, charge controls (subject to certain exceptions) and communicating about pension flexibilities. The requirements include:
Meeting the new requirements can be onerous and it is important that scheme Trustees understand what they need to do and report accordingly. From experience we have found a lack of clear direction from scheme advisers/consultants and this can lead to issues such as:
We believe in clear outcomes for our clients and where needed we work alongside trusted professionals to deliver high standards across all aspects of service. We aim to make sure we provide clarity of advice.
Our workplace pensions team specialise in the following:
Following our decision to appoint Ernest Grant to look after our pension needs (back in 2011) the process of communication and implementation to date has been efficient, effective and very well received. We have been particularly impressed with their commitment to face-to-face advice. Many of our staff not only received their initial meeting but have met with their adviser from Ernest Grant on a regular basis to receive advice on their existing pensions which has been welcomed throughout.
We help scheme Trustees through a defined investment process and detailed strategic review of existing scheme investments and principals.
We have developed a range of solutions to help take the burden of automatic enrolment away from employers. Our cost effective solutions suit employers of all shapes and sizes.
We can help you tailor a package of communications to suit your requirements and the demographic within your workforce. The overall aim is to drive employee engagement and understanding.