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For everyone’s sake – let’s sort pension savings incentives this budget.

    Diversity is about including and it’s so important to pensions that we now have a minister of pensions and financial inclusion. A big part of the minister’s job is to create diversity – including not just men and … Continue reading

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How payroll won friends and influenced Government

  This is national payroll week so I’m blogging an article I wrote earlier in the summer for Reward Strategy Magazine. Since the end of the auto-enrolment staging period, I have had less day to day interaction with payroll people, … Continue reading

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“Your pay-rise is a pension rise”

  I often “wake up to money” but not to this! In a discussion about when we last got a pay-rise, one listener mailed in that her boss told her “your pay-rise is a pension rise” It’s the first time … Continue reading

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Will “DC deficits” become a thing of the past?

News of HMRC’s “change of position” with regards the “net-pay- anomaly” is welcome, and long overdue. It came in the form of a letter sent in response to a request from respected journalist Jo Cumbo of the FT. Govt to … Continue reading

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Play “Stick or twist” in the workplace pension lottery!

  If you changed jobs, would you prefer to stick with your current workplace pension or join your new employer’s scheme (leaving a little pot behind you)? It’s a tough choice, and the more you think about it, the tougher … Continue reading

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Auto-enrolment; a national exercise in trust.

I like to tease Jo Cumbo that she can trust no-one because of her heritage! This blatantly xenophobic comment is based on a British prejudice that Australians find compulsion acceptable as compliance is in the blood. A second prejudice, that … Continue reading

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“Making workplace pensions work” – the Pension Regulator’s new approach

I’ve been on the Pensions Regulator’s stakeholder panel a couple of years and this gets me a ticket to their Annual Conference. I haven’t bought the new vision in previous years, but yesterday’s event, held in County Hall, pushed the … Continue reading

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AE – a day of reckoning to come?

More of us are saving, but we aren’t saving any more. The democratisation of pension saving – arising from auto-enrolment is a great thing – everyone can dare to dream of stopping work under their own power. But there is … Continue reading

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AE Pots must follow workers (Hargreaves Lansdown’s right)

I have just read a policy paper in my hand from Hargreaves Lansdown;  “Putting Individuals at the Heart of the Pension System”. After some pretty dire submissions to the Work and Pensions Committee on CDC, I hadn’t thought to agree with … Continue reading

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Why job – splitters can get shafted on pensions.

I was woken early in the morning to the sound of Robert Cochran, the familiar voice of Scottish Widows pensions team. Scottish Widows have done some research that £90m a year is being saved by employers/lost to employees as a result of … Continue reading

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