Tag Archives: DWP

Con Keating address objections and misconceptions around CDC


Collective Defined Contribution schemes are back in the news, with a Parliamentary inquiry under way. This has provoked an outpouring of commentary. Unfortunately, much of this appears to be misinformed. It is well-known that I am an avid and vocal … Continue reading

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A time of trust – not guarantees.


About the time that I was ranting to TISA about the complacency with which we are dismantling the retirement promises made to those who were promised a DB pension based on the years they worked with the company;- this happened! … 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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Frank Field letter to the FT on pension freedoms


Folly of granting total pension freedom is now becoming all too clear This is Frank Field’s letter to the FT , published October 28th. In the context of the Work and Pension Select Committee’s  current examination of pension freedoms, it needs … Continue reading

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DWP now leads the way on cost disclosure


  What’s this about? In a first-rate document, the DWP have set out radical proposals to allow ordinary people to see and compare the costs  their trustees are paying for the investment of their pension money. These proposals go well beyond … Continue reading

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Portals for show, pensions for dough


    The Pension Dashboard is under pressure. Having lost its sponsor, Simon Kirby MP in this summer’s election, early-day momentum is running out. The ABI are clearly fed up and are now calling for Government intervention if they are to … Continue reading

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Normalising pension saving for everyone


The TUC is publishing this morning important research into inclusion. Since our new pensions minister has included “inclusion” in his title, I hope he is reading it! Six in 10 workers in the UK agriculture and hospitality sectors are not … Continue reading

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What I’ll ask the Pensions Minister today (if I can find him).


Calling Guy Opperman MP,  Minister for pensions and inclusion, “are you out there?” I’m on my way up to Manchester clutching an email from your office saying you want to meet me, I will be at (y)our conference for the … Continue reading

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A battle won – not yet the war; FCA demands cost disclosure.


    I get worried by premature announcements of victory. The battle to get proper cost disclosure is a long one , hostilities commenced properly with the OFT report on workplace pensions in 2014. This reminded Government that we know … Continue reading

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Time for bosses to get value from Workie!


There is plenty of crowing in policy circles about the success of auto-enrolment. The headlines are certainly good with nearly 9m new savers and over 1m new employers due to have staged by October. The public has taken to Workie … Continue reading

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