Tag Archives: auto enrolment

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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NEST – membership has its privileges.


  American Express coined the phrase and it’s unlikely that PADA  (the fore-runner) to NEST could ever have anticipated running a premium product. But that is what NEST is about to become. The launch of a free transfer service which … Continue reading

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Nudge nudge , think think!


I went to an excellent panel debate last night which was asking whether behavioural finance could improve pension outcomes – well DC outcomes – which as one panellist pointed out hadn’t got much to do with pensions! A lot of … Continue reading

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Which would you rather live in- a house or a car?


  I’m fond of our current pension minister; he makes me laugh! He does a good impression of the “pension’s idiot” and enjoys being thought rather less on the ball than he actually is.   But scratch the surface and … Continue reading

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The AE review and the pension stitch up.


7 years on from our last review, auto-enrolment is back under the microscope and the Government has published some questions they’d like answering**. They’d have more chance in getting them properly answered if they put the matter in the hands … Continue reading

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