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The Hutton report

Future options for long-term restructure of public sector pensions that will be examined as part of the Hutton review:

  • Career-average defined-benefit schemes that share risk between employer and employee and give members a pension pot after each period of membership, usually a year. Those pots are then revalued until a pension is taken and then are added together to produce and overall pension.
  • Notional DC schemes with added protection that, while not funded, still determine the value of pensions by an assumed return on contributions or annuity rates. Model is used in Sweden.
  • Collective DC schemes, as used in the Netherlands, where contributions are pooled and managed on behalf of the members. Members’ pensions will still vary according to the value of underlying investments but there is an option for inter-generational sharing to smooth out effects of the market.
  • Cash balance schemes where employers put a notional amount into a member’s pot each year, which is then guaranteed. If cash contributions from the employee, employer and investment returns fail to match the notional credit any shortfall is met by the employer.
  • Sequential hybrids (or nursery schemes) with more than one section where a member may earn both a DB and a DC pension during their career with an employer but only one or the other at any one time.
  • Capped DB schemes where there is a limit on the amount of salary which can count toward pension purposes.
  • Combination hybrids where members can simultaneously earn benefits that are part DB and part DC. For example, a capped DB pension, based on earnings up to a certain point and a DC scheme on earnings beyond it.

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