Pension funds at lowest month-end deficit since 2001

A survey of pension funds has revealed the lowest month-end pension fund deficit since current records began.

May saw total deficits fall to £3bn, with almost half of the largest 200 UK pension funds in surplus.

UK pension fund deficits have improved by about £100bn in just over four years. The month-end deficit is the lowest since accounting standard FRS17 was introduced in 2001.

Marcus Hurd, senior consultant and actuary at Aon Consulting, said: “The era of the pension scheme accounting surplus has clearly begun.”

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