ICAEW to axe final salary pension scheme

The UK’s largest accountancy body has announced they are to cancel their
final salary scheme.

Although the scheme has been closed to new members since 2000, current
employees who joined the scheme before then may also have to move in to the
defined contribution scheme as of 31 May 2010. The scheme has a £19m funding

Other employers have been forced to save money pare down the pension
offerings due to tough economic conditions and growing scheme deficits.

A spokesperson for the ICAEW said that the fund had become too costly in its
current form and that the volatility of the market made it difficult to
determine the amount of funding needed.

He said: “We will honour the commitments we have already made to those people
in the scheme, and are committed to funding the deficit that exists.”

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