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How we regulate and enforce

The regulatory powers now available to The Pensions Regulator enable us to be more effective at dealing with risks to pension schemes and members' benefits, and to tackle these risks in a focused, targeted and proportionate manner.
Our approach to regulating

We have a range of powers that we can use to protect workplace pensions. These enable us to deal effectively with risks to pension schemes and members’ savings.

FCA and TPR joint strategy

Our joint regulatory strategy to regulating the pensions and retirement income sector.

Case procedures We have a range of powers that we can use if we wish to act to protect members’ benefits or pensions legislation is not being complied with. We follow certain procedures when we use our powers.
Determinations Panel The Determinations Panel (DP) is a committee of The Pensions Regulator (TPR). It operates separately from other parts of the organisation, including TPR’s case teams.
Anti-avoidance powers We have two main powers which we can use in the circumstances set out below against an employer with a defined benefit scheme and those associated or connected with such an employer.
Thematic reviews We undertake thematic reviews when we want to examine particular subject areas in more detail. The reviews help us to see any risks and failures, and what improvements can be made.

Supervision enables us to have contact with the trustees, managers and sponsoring employers of pension schemes.

Business impact target Our approach to the government's business impact target - which aims to reduce the burden of regulation on business.
Regulators' Code The Pensions Regulator has regard to the Regulators’ Code and the principles of good regulation set out in the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006.
Risk appetite statement Our risk appetite statement sets out how we balance risk and opportunity in pursuit of achieving our objectives.