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What are contingent assets?

Contingent assets are arrangements that can be put in place to support the level of scheme funding, particularly in the event of employer insolvency.

There are three types of contingent asset arrangements which - providing certain requirements are met - can reduce the amount of risk-based levy your scheme will pay.

Types of contingent assets

Type A: Guarantees from a parent or group company
Type B: Cash, UK real estate and securities
Type C: Letters of credit and bank guarantees

Type A contingent assets

These types of arrangements are guarantees from a parent or associated company that may become due in the event of employer insolvency or failure to make agreed contributions. Other associated companies can also provide such guarantees.

This type of arrangement can reduce the levy charged by adjusting the insolvency risk calculation.

Type B and C contingent assets

These types of assets are those, such as property or investments, promised to the pension scheme if the scheme’s sponsoring employer becomes insolvent or fails to make their agreed contributions.

Both these types of arrangements can reduce the levy charged by reducing the scheme’s underfunding amount.

As contingent assets can reduce the risk of the scheme entering the PPF, they can also reduce your levy payment and reduce the impact on members if an employer goes bust.