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star this property date less than 2019-06-04more like thismore than 2019-06-04
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Arcadia Group: Pensions remove filter
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Ministers or officials have (1) written to, (2) had any meetings with, or (3) communicated in other forms with, Sir Philip Green, Lady Christina Green or the Pensions Regulator in connection with the Arcadia Group Pension Scheme. more like this
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Lord Myners more like this
star this property uin HL16036 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
star this property answer text <p>Neither Ministers nor officials have written to, had meetings with, or communicated in other forms with Sir Philip Green or Lady Christina Green.</p><p> </p><p>Ministers and officials have quarterly meetings with the Pensions Regulator, but not specifically concerning Sir Philip Green or the Arcadia Group. This is because the Pensions Regulator is an independent body, and as such the Government cannot intervene or influence its actions. The Regulator also keeps DWP officials informed about its work in monitoring pension schemes.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2019-06-18T15:51:18.26Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-18T15:51:18.26Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
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3869
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Myners more like this
1130254
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star this property date less than 2019-06-05more like thismore than 2019-06-05
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Arcadia Group: Pensions remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review (1) decisions taken by the trustees of the Arcadia Group Pension Scheme which may have contributed to an aggregate deficit of liabilities over assets of some £700 million, (2) the oversight of the Arcadia Scheme by the Pensions Regulator, and (3) the Pensions Regulator's use of its powers in relation to the Arcadia Scheme. more like this
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Lord Myners more like this
star this property uin HL16115 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
star this property answer text <p>The Government cannot intervene with the decisions taken by trustees of pension schemes.</p><p> </p><p>The Pensions Regulator is an independent body, and as such the Government cannot comment on any cases dealt with by the Regulator. Due to this, the Government does not have plans to review the oversight exercised over the Arcadia scheme, or the use of powers in relation to the scheme.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2019-06-19T15:46:29.593Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-19T15:46:29.593Z
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3349
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
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3869
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Myners more like this
1130843
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star this property date less than 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Arcadia Group: Pensions remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Pensions Regulator has allowed the owners of Arcadia Group to phase their contribution to address that company’s pension deficit over a period of time instead of a single up-front payment; whether the Pensions Regulator is using financial advisers to determine whether Arcadia’s business plan will eventually cover the deficit; and if so, who are those advisers. more like this
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Lord Myners more like this
star this property uin HL16210 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
star this property answer text <p>The pensions framework established by Parliament in the Pensions Act 2004 sets out that ongoing employers may address the funding of their scheme deficits over a reasonable period of time. This responsibility falls on the company rather than its owners, other than where The Pensions Regulator has used its anti-avoidance powers. This approach of spreading funding of deficits was established to balance the needs of schemes with those of their sponsoring employers.</p><p> </p><p>The Arcadia trustees and the Arcadia group took an approach which was similar to many other schemes and employers in establishing recovery plans to address their schemes’ deficits over a number of years. In response to a request to vary those recovery plan payments, made in conjunction with the Arcadia Group’s Company Voluntary Arrangements proposals, The Pensions Regulator, working alongside the trustees and the Pension Protection Fund, has negotiated robustly to secure an enhanced package of support for the pension schemes in connection with a successful Company Voluntary Arrangement, worth significantly more than would be received if the Company Voluntary Arrangement is not successful and Arcadia Group Ltd becomes insolvent. This represents appropriate protection, in challenging circumstances, and is equitable in the context of the wider Company Voluntary Arrangements process.</p><p> </p><p>In assessing the turnaround plan presented by Arcadia, The Pensions Regulator has been informed by the analysis carried out by professional advisers to the trustees. The Pensions Regulator has considerable expertise in restructuring situations and this includes people in its regulatory teams with a background working in big chartered accountancy firms and restructuring operations in banks.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2019-06-24T11:44:23.837Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T11:44:23.837Z
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3349
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
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3869
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Myners more like this
1131476
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star this property date less than 2019-06-11more like thismore than 2019-06-11
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Arcadia Group: Pensions remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Pensions Regulator (1) regarded an additional payment into the Arcadia Pension Fund to be an adequate contribution to the deficit, and (2) supported the Company Voluntary Arrangements proposed by Sir Philip and Lady Green; and if so, why. more like this
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Lord Myners more like this
star this property uin HL16270 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
star this property answer text <p>The best support for a defined benefit pension scheme is an ongoing trading employer. Working with the shareholders, pension trustees and Pension Protection Fund, The Pensions Regulator were pleased to be able to agree a £310m package of support last week that would provide greater certainty for the Arcadia pension schemes. This comprises security to the value of £210m, together with the £100m in cash from Lady Green. The Pensions Regulator remain satisfied that the arrangement is the right one for members and the Pension Protection Fund in challenging circumstances and is equitable in the context of the wider Company Voluntary Arrangements process.</p><p> </p><p>The Pension Regulator’s goal is to protect the interests of members of the Arcadia schemes as far as possible in these difficult circumstances. A successful outcome will mean ongoing Deficit repair contributions payments from the company, enabling the schemes to become fully funded in due course. Had the Company Voluntary Arrangement votes failed, or if the Company Voluntary Arrangements are successfully challenged, the position of the pension schemes would be/will be much less certain. Deficit repair contributions from Arcadia Group Limited, initially £25m per annum (paid in equal monthly instalments) and escalating in subsequent years, would cease. The amount recovered by the pension schemes would be significantly less in an uncontrolled insolvency than under the terms of the Company Voluntary Arrangement. On this basis The Pensions Regulator supported the Company Voluntary Arrangement.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2019-06-24T14:30:41.447Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T14:30:41.447Z
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3349
star this property label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Myners more like this