“It’s a pleasure working with key members of the PSGS team: their experience and leadership means that they know how to get the job done, working in partnership with fellow trustees, employers and advisers to achieve the best result for members.”
“I wanted to look at the effectiveness of our trustee board, so Gillian, our PSGS scheme secretary, provided their trustee self-assessment tool to help me gather thoughts and opinions from others on the board. The tool was extremely easy to use and asked all the right questions to help me collect the information I needed as Trustee Chair. It is a great example of the way PSGS shares knowledge with their clients and makes dealing with key governance issues easy. As well as enabling me to meet one of the Regulator’s 21st century trusteeship requirements, using the tool has flagged trustee training needs and ways we could improve trustee meetings further. ”
“Many organisations and people provide the services that clients need. In my opinion, the differentiator is in the way those services are provided and to that extent, Kathy embodies the qualities that I have come to value from PSITL. Kathy is organised but not fussy; diligent but not dogmatic; persistent without being pushy and compliant in a pragmatic way. Whilst she takes ownership and drives issues forward, Kathy is a team player who uses her and her colleagues experience to provide services to her trustee client whilst working closely with those like me representing the sponsoring employer. She works collaboratively with advisers but constructively challenges the scope of services, fees and service standards whenever necessary and makes sure that member needs are always taken into account. I enjoy working with her and trust that she will deliver what is required by the trustee and the members they represent in a manner satisfactory to the sponsoring employer. ”
“Where PSGS are appointed to act in conjunction with an existing body of trustees, we have found that they are quickly able to fit in well and gain the trust and respect of their co-trustees. ”
“The Trustee Training course is very good. Excellent coverage of material presented in an easy-to-digest manner and quality of presentation by both presenters. ”
“I found the trustee training really beneficial, highly recommended. I am not a trustee, I represent the employer and I think it will be valuable for me in future, having a better understanding of the trustees' perspective.”
Many employers use a life cover only trust to provide death in service benefits to employees, particularly those who are not members of a trust-based pension scheme. For employees affected by the pension lifetime allowance, an excepted life scheme can be used.
Exercising discretion over who should receive the benefit from a group life assurance or excepted life trust can be fraught with pitfalls. Take a look at our briefing note to see how Pensions Ombudsman rulings on death complaint cases show this can be a minefield.
Are you sure your group life and excepted life claims and discretion processes are effective and efficient, with:
Our master trust solution helps employers navigate a safe and cost effective path through the death in service benefit claims and discretions process. The benefits of using PSGS's group life master trust and excepted life master trust include:
Group life and excepted life assurance schemes come with compliance and governance issues that can lead to tax charges and Ombudsman complaints if not handled correctly.
PSGS's group life and excepted life master trusts provide a simple solution for employers to use to provide death benefits for all employees, including those affected by the pension lifetime allowance.
The PSGS master trust will help you:
To learn more about how a PSGS master trust could help you manage the risks and complexities of providing death benefits to some of your most valuable employees, please contact us or download our service flyers: