Tag Archives: Guy Opperman

Pensions without purpose have gone wrong

I read two articles this morning on the sustainability of pensions, both are short and are free to read. If you have a few minutes read Richard Butcher’ “The future is… consolidation?” in Pension Expert and then read  “Social factors … Continue reading

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Laurie Edmans’ light-bulb moment.

I’ve had one of those good weeks where months of trying seems to culminate in things happening, a bit like “tipping point” when the coins cascade down the layers and you feel like you’re getting the pay-off you deserve (it’s … Continue reading

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The secondary market in workplace pensions

In 2013, Pension PlayPen founded a choose a pension service for employers needing to designate a workplace pension so that staff could be auto-enrolled according to the staging roll-out. At the time, we predicted that once the heavy lifting had … Continue reading

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Could #Budget21 be a game-changer for our pensions?

Sunak’s 2021 budget amounts to a kick in the backside to workplace pensions that could do for workplace pensions what the pension freedoms did to annuities.  By workplace pensions, I mean the savings schemes funded through payroll and joined by … Continue reading

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How will history remember the Pension Schemes Act 2021?

  The Pension Schemes Bill received Royal Assent last week and is now enacted. Though assent is a formality, it draws the line in the sand. “What is changing”  is now “what has changed” and the work of Guy Opperman … Continue reading

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Why mandating TCFD reporting is a game changer.

The DWP’s proposals to insist that pension schemes set targets and use standard measures to report on the impact of the money they invest makes sense. But like the few radical interventions that work (think auto-enrolment), it is likely to … Continue reading

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Maintenance payments are not a benefit, they are a carer’s and a child’s right

This article’s about the payment of child maintenance, something I did for 20 years. To me it is the very first priority of a paying parent as it is the lifeline for the carer and the child. You can read … Continue reading

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DWP frees up workplace pension defaults – can providers be trusted?

It looks like the high-water mark for Government intervention in workplace pensions has been reached. The years following the introduction of the RDR saw the abolition of sales commissions (both for introducing members and setting up schemes), of “active member … Continue reading

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A Living Pension! What would it take to secure a better retirement income for workers?

  UK pensions have seen radical reforms in recent years to boost pension saving and tackle poverty in retirement. Government has introduced a flat-rate state pension and got more millions more workers saving through auto enrolment. But these policies alone … Continue reading

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Opperman; “let people see the value providers are giving them”

  “Pensions play a vital role in shaping the financial security of the nation and our commitment to net zero by 2050” So Guy Opperman opens the second of his end of year blogs in the pension press (this time … Continue reading

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