Category Archives: Payroll

Must we remain in darkness about our retirement money?


  The two comments on this thread from David and Matt, show the two ways that pots could follow member. David’s solution is the solution that Hargreaves Lansdown want our Government to adopt. Matt points out that it could force … Continue reading

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“Financial Home for the over 50s”


Well that’s what Oliver Wyman is telling insurers with workplace pension books to aspire to be. I haven’t seen this phrase in any IGC report but it does it for me. I well remember meetings when I was at Zurich … Continue reading

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Pension paralysis over the net-pay rip off.


I won’t bore you with a list, but there are 31 blogs on this site dealing with various aspects of the net-pay rip-off which is denying hundreds of thousands of low-paid people the incentive promised them by HMRC for contributing … Continue reading

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DIY Pension Diagnostics – (a data dream)


  Most of us know how hard it is to see a Doctor these days, and how easy it is to get medical help online. Most people I know will consult the internet rather before ringing the surgery. If only … Continue reading

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A shot in the arm for pension payroll?


I write a regular column for Reward Strategy, formerly Payroll World. This is the last column I wrote for Jerome Small, who has been editor for a few years but is leaving to go freelance. The people who pay us … Continue reading

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Work and pensions are boring – getting paid is never boring


This article first appeared in Reward Strategy. It’s a thank you to the people in payroll who have made a boring pension person a little more chirpy!   Readers who went to the CIPP conference and award dinner, will know … Continue reading

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@CIPP_UK – “grafters not shafters!” – thx.


I woke up this morning to lots of messages telling me I’d won an award! Not just any award but a lifetime achievement award from an organisation I have a lot of respect for – the CIPP, who had their … Continue reading

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Paying pensioners won’t get any easier


In  pensions “freedom” is the buzzword.  People can have what they want- how they want it and we all know what that means! It means that down the line there is potential for administrative chaos. Payroll depends on uniform rules, the … Continue reading

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How payroll can get pension-smart (without really trying!)


Pensions are important. They occupy our press, parliament and they occupy payroll! For better or worse we have wedded payroll to work and unless you are on a payroll, it is increasingly unlikely that you are earning much more than credits … Continue reading

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How can payroll bureaux profit from auto-enrolment?


I’ve recently been asked by the leading payroll trade publication to answer some questions. I’ve enjoyed thinking about them and have set out my answers below. I’m not a payroll manager and I don’t run a bureau – I’m not … Continue reading

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