Tag Archives: Payroll

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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Tomorrow’s heroes; these are the folk who will solve the AE Capacity crunch


  We’ve been doing some planning at Pension PlayPen towers . Most of our thinking is concentrated on this graph. We predict the capacity crunch at April 2015 which is the point when demand for auto-enrolment services and workplace pensions … Continue reading

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Why bloggers won’t replace journalists


She gets the aggregates and cements, mixes the concrete , lays it and sells the building! Continue reading

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“This Monty Python – is he one of ours?”


There hasn’t been much of the Thatcher tribute Tsunami that I’ll remember, the eulogies are self-serving, the future’s more interesting than the past. But the story of the speech writer trying to explain the “dead parrot” sketch to Thatcher is … Continue reading

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Paying as you earn; the best way to save


Monday will see the start of the benefits changes that will climax in the full introduction of the Universal Credit in a year’s time. This is not an article about these changes. But it takes it kicks off from a brilliant … Continue reading

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How Payroll won friends and influenced Government


Hats off to the journalists, thought leaders , practitioners and trade representatives who worked together for good. In a couple of weeks they created a framework for change Continue reading

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Lord make AE simple – but not yet!


The title refers to Augustine’s prayer “lord make me chaste, but not yet”. It came to mind as I read concern from “industry spokespeople” over the DWP’s announcement to simplify the Auto-Enrolment regulations in time for the staging of the … Continue reading

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People get ready!


If “wave one” so far looks a success, what about waves 2 and 3 and what can the employers preparing to stage in late 2013 and onwards learn? Continue reading

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Project managing auto-enrolment


I received a polite e-mail from a company’s Finance Director yesterday. “I see First Actuarial are offering a project management service for small and medium sized companies staging auto-enrolment in 2014; I’ve got four questions for you 1. Why should I … Continue reading

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Tsunami – make haste to higher ground!


You don’t need to be particularly clever to work out that in 2013 and 2014 , there are going to be a lot of purchasing decisions by employers if the “victorious” unblemished start to auto-enrolment is to be continued among … Continue reading

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