n this update, we have focussed on the headline governance and regulatory issues that are facing RPs at this time. as we all deal with the Covid-19 crisis.
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 law surrounding organ donation has changed. The Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill came into effect on 20 May 2020 and has implemented an opt-out system for organ donation.
Commercial and local authority landlords could benefit from urgently reviewing their legal options.
The Cabinet Office has published guidance asking for people to act responsibly, fairly and “in the national interest”.
To help our charity clients look to the future, we summarise key guidance and updates over the last week.
On 18 May 2020, the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) wrote to all social housing residents in England (residents).
For anyone who is currently restrained from holding their General Meeting or have held such in breach of their governing documents, help is on the way!
Social landlords may be surprised to learn that “landlords should be able to carry out routine as well as essential repairs for most households”.
Many housing providers are now re-thinking about gathering information to complete their data return to the Regulator of Social Housing, with the initial exercise having been delayed by Covid-19.
With many premises being left unoccupied (or minimally occupied) during the lockdown, both Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive have warned of the increased risks of Legionella.
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