Tag Archives: ICAEW

Pensioning employee’s sleep ( with thanks to Kate Upcraft)


Not for the first time, I’m very grateful to Kate Upcraft for highlighting a pensions issue that impacts thousands of carers – but appears to be completely off the radar of most pension people. Kate is a freelance payroll consultant … Continue reading

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If I ran a master trust…


Not all of us run a master trust, though you might think it was Britain’s boom industry from the amount of press “master trust proliferation” has got. This blog is here for those who do, and for those who advise … Continue reading

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From source to sea – the consolidation of master trusts


  As part of some work for one of our intermediaries, I’ve been asked to make sense of the smaller master trusts and give a view on which of them are likely to be around in their current form in … Continue reading

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Tidings of great joy from the ICAEW


Auto-enrolment is a worry to accountants. Estimates are pretty consistent that around two thirds of all employers staging auto enrolment will look to accountants for compliance with auto-enrolment regulations and help with choosing and setting up a workplace pension. Unfortunately … Continue reading

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TPR gets a kicking from Altmann on “Workplace Pension Choice”.


In a spectacular piece of reporting, the FT’s Josephine Cumbo has exposed a structural weakness at the centre of Auto-Enrolment;-  the failure of the Pension Regulator, the advisory trade bodies and the FCA to provide proper guidance to our 1.8m employers … Continue reading

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Why I’m backing the master trust assurance framework


Back in May 2014, the Pension Regulator launched on an unsuspecting world the ICAEW’s Technical Release “Assurance reporting on master trusts”. At the time I was dismissive of this document and the Master Trust Assurance Framework (MAF). Write in haste , … Continue reading

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Pension PlayPen wins AccountingWeb community award


This time last year I had never heard of http://www.accountingweb.co.uk. Yesterday I heard that I have been named their personality of the year. I am very proud and very grateful. AccountingWEB's Community Award winners of 2014, featuring @henryhtapper @NMPatel & … Continue reading

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Is this Master Trust Assurance Framework fit for purpose?


There is an important debate to be had on the regulation of master trusts. That debate is about how we prevent poor standards invading what is currently a very well run part of workplace pensions. Until the past two weeks, I … Continue reading

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