Law firm and pensions company join forces to launch network called Charity Pensions Voice

CPV will be launched next month at four seminars in Cardiff, London, Oxford and Southampton, to be followed by forums at which charities will lead the discussions

A new network for charities and not-for-profit organisations of all sizes to discuss pension issues has been launched.

Charity Pensions Voice has been created as a joint venture by the law firm Blake Morgan and the pensions and actuarial firm Premier See Change.

CPV will be launched with four seminars next month in Cardiff, London, Oxford and Southampton.

Adrian Lamb, a legal director at Blake Morgan, said that after those initial seminars forums would be staged, with the discussions led by participating charities. "We want people to have their say," he said. "We’re trying to look at the issues for charities of all sizes. If what comes out of the network and the events is the need to lobby different bodies or government, we’ll look at that."

Lamb said that nearly 100 charities had so far signed up to take part.

In July Caron Bradshaw, chief executive of the Charity Finance Group, said that pensions were the "elephant in the room" and the biggest problem facing the charity sector.

A report published later that month by the information provider Charity Financials showed that the largest pensions liabilities in the sector had grown by £310m over the past year, but the rate of growth in total liabilities was slowing substantially.

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