The defined benefit (DB) pension scheme deficit worsened for the third consecutive month in January, according to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).
The deficit of almost 7,800 DB funds fell to £61.2bn from £19.6bn in December 2007.
Scheme funding has become worse than January 2007, when it reached a surplus of £31.9bn.
The PPF attributes the fall to weaker equity markets while lower gilt yields raised liabilities.
It estimates the total deficit of schemes in deficit last month worsened to £106bn from £82.4bn at the end of December 2007. Meanwhile, the total surplus of schemes in surplus fell to £44.8bn from £62.9bn at the end of December 2007. The aggregate surplus of all schemes in surplus stood at £83.1bn last month.
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