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Who’s department is workplace pensions?


At 11am on Tuesday 18th April I shook hands with Richard Harrington, our Pensions Minister and began a meeting that discussed how small businesses could in future measure how effectively their workplace pensions were working. The meeting was interrupted by … Continue reading

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The past, present and future of Pensions #autoenrolment


On Wednesday , at 5pm , I’ll be explaining these slides at Accountex 2017 – a talk generously sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals. It’s going to be a fun, provocative and I hope instructive talk and I’m … Continue reading

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Steve Webb and the triple lock – muddy waters!


  Here’s that Royal London press release, calling for State Pensions to be reduced and contributions to private pensions to increase. Royal London has set out a three point plan for the key pension priorities of an incoming government, including … Continue reading

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NEST’s dirty laundry on the line!


  Thanks to First Actuarial for producing this chart for this blog. Here’s how to read In 2010 when NEST opened , it had no assets – it  had quite a lot of debt (£134m* from setting up days as … Continue reading

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What a “strong mandate” means for pensions.


Since the range of outcomes considered by the bookies ranges from “strong” to “weak” conservative majority, I’m putting my money on the Liberals getting an overall majority (only 25-1 with William Hill). That seems the likeliest alternative outcome and I’ve … Continue reading

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Meeting the Pensions Minister


Tomorrow (18th April) I get to meet the Pensions Minister, which I’m excited about. I’d written to Richard Harrington a few weeks ago, after an amendment to the Pension Schemes Bill had been thrown out. I’d helped the Labour Party … Continue reading

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Has HMRC solved the off-payroll AE puzzle?


  One of the big auto-enrolment issues for employers is deciding who it is that works for them (and who is just an occasional contractor). The issue is generally put in the too-hard box – a dangerous thing to do … Continue reading

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“Income follows member” – how we enrol people with lots of small jobs.


It’s strange how little we know about people with lots of jobs. But thinking about my friends, many have multiple sources of income from multiple employers. At one-end, of the spectrum there are people who have a portfolio of Non … Continue reading

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Phoenix and the Hare bear bunch!


Last year I gave the Phoenix IGC chair report three greens out of three- the only report to get a “clear round”. It doesn’t quite make the double this year, but this is another excellent report which should be required … Continue reading

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Time to dig this Government out of its hole?


Tax, national insurance and pensions policy should be put in a vault marked “toxic” and should be handled with extreme caution. This morning I have three toxic issues to prove my point. The fiasco of announcing an increase in national insurance … Continue reading

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