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Governance and administration

The areas of governance and administration that you need to focus on to ensure that your defined benefit pension scheme is well run.

Scheme governance and controls

You must establish and operate internal controls that enable you to identify, evaluate and manage the risks that relate to your defined benefit pension scheme.


One of the important tasks for a trustee of a defined benefit pension scheme is to ensure good record-keeping and to have internal controls. This will help to ensure that data is up to date, complete and accurate.


As part of the valuation process for your defined benefit pension scheme, you need to work with the employer to set their contribution rate. You must prepare and maintain a schedule of contributions and check that the employer makes the correct payments.

Dealing with transfer requests

Guidance on checking, proceeding with and refusing transfer requests from scheme members.

Providing information to members

You must make certain information available to members, prospective members and other people entitled to benefits under your defined benefit pension scheme.

Working with advisers

Make sure you have the right people to help you run and make appropriate decisions about your defined benefit pension scheme.

Conflicts of interest

You must identify, monitor and manage any conflicts of interest of those involved in running your defined benefit pension scheme.