Category Archives: pension playpen

Will some employers need their own IGCs?


  This blog’s for any employer or adviser with an existing workplace pension scheme (GPP or Stakeholder Pension), where you chose the funds offered to your staff.   I asked a question of the Pensions Regulator this week. He’d put … Continue reading

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“Agency has its advantages”; using Pension PlayPen with your clients


What’s this all about? In 2014, Pension PlayPen wants to build a network of 1000 agents – people and organisations wanting to use our Choose A Pension Service to help their clients get a good workplace pension in advance of … Continue reading

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It’s a phoney war- what’s happening on the other side of the Channel?


I am still surprised how people are organising themselves to do their jobs. You’d have thought that the accountants and book-keepers who provide financial stability, get people paid and manage the tax affairs of Britain’s 1.25m employers would be the … Continue reading

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Time for an upgrade?


The fireworks came from the Treasury but amidst the noise and smoke, the DWP’s Command Paper, poses some challenges for many of the 10,000 employers who’ve staged auto-enrolment. By April 2015, we can expect workplace pensions qualifying to be used … Continue reading

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The Pension Play Pen lunch gives a thumbs up for the new Annuity Framework


A victim of Osborne’s success We were a victim of George’s success on Monday (7th April) as nearly 40 of us spilled out of the gallery room and occupied most of the Counting House’s second floor! Handing over £500 in cash … Continue reading

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Research shock- employers do care about the pensions they provide their staff


“Selecting the right pension scheme for auto enrolment is important and has long term implications for employees. Taking time to review the options that are available in the market is sensible and planning ahead will help to keep stress levels … Continue reading

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Pension PlayPen Lunch – can we manage financial freedom in later life?


Don’t forget the Pension Play Pen lunch at 12.30 today at the Counting House, Cornhill , 200 yards West of Bank Station. We meet 12 for 12.30, bring £15 for food and beverages! The topic for today’s discussion will be … Continue reading

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PQM – under new management, deserves a second chance


  News that Adrian Boulding has taken the chair at the Pension Quality Mark and that its new MD is crack Kiwi-saver Justine Tate, roused me to re-engage with a venture I had thought as much use as a chocolate … Continue reading

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Standard Life comes up trumps


Four years ago I sat in a crowded room in the DWP’s offices, to hear insurer after insurer refuse to commit to providing a service to small and medium sized companies, let alone the micro employers of which there are … Continue reading

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Who will be cleaning out the stables in the next two years?


  There are more than 10,000 employers who are running saving schemes for their staff  as qualifying workplace pensions. The introduction of minimum standards for these schemes in “Better workplace pensions, further measures for savers“, begs the question – who is going … Continue reading

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