We hosted a breakfast roundtable with Insider Midlands magazine that had attendees from a range of organisations addressing housing needs in the Midlands. The discussion explored JVs in more detail.
This means that employer contribution rates for those employers participating in the NHS Pension Scheme, the Teachers’ Pension Scheme and the Civil Service Pension Scheme are likely to rise from 2015.
The Government believes that the shortfall across these three schemes is likely to amount to nearly £1 billion per year. The final valuations are due to be published over the coming months. The new contribution rate will be then be decided.
The Government has also outlined details of a new cost-capping mechanism which will operate in all public sector pension schemes from 2015 (or 2016 for the Local Government Pension Scheme). The cost cap is only partial, relating to future service costs. It also only applies to costs which relate to members such as changes in life expectancy, salary growths or career paths but not due to financial performance or technical valuation changes. Where costs rise or fall by more than 2% then member benefits or contributions may be adjusted in order to return costs to the level of the cap.
The Local Government Pension Scheme is also implementing an additional cost control mechanism in order to try to ensure that employer contribution rates are as constant as possible. This mechanism is likely to operate in a similar way to the mechanism outlined earlier with a proposed cap of 19.5% of pensionable payroll.
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The decision of the Court of Appeal in The Harpur Trust v Brazel & Unison has made clear that employers can no longer legally calculate part-time holiday based on 12.07% of hours worked over a year.
Social landlords are seeing a rising number of Equality Act defences to possession proceedings. A recent Court of Appeal decision helps shift the likelihood of such defences succeeding.
On 31 July, the consultation period ended on MHCLG’s proposals for reforming the building safety regulatory system set out in the 'Building a Safer Future' document. We have submitted our response.
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The Government commissioned an independent review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 in July 2018. The outcome was published in May 2019 which highlighted areas for improvement.
In 2017, the NCVO commissioned a review of the tax reliefs available to charities. The brainchild of this review was published on 17 July 2019 in the form of the Charity Tax Commission report.
In 2014, the Charity Commission released its first guidance for charities on reporting serious incidents. The Commission has recently updated this guidance.
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Our spotlight piece considers the role of a Senior Independent Director and sector best practice. We also explore recent developments in case law, regulatory and data protection updates, and more.
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