Tag Archives: Payroll

Shaking up at the DWP- how will politics effect pensions and payroll?


As we all know by now, the DWP are very proud of auto-enrolment which former Pension Minister described as “that hen’s tooth – a public policy success”. At the time of writing, I should be in a meeting chaired by … Continue reading

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Why I’m learning from Stephen Kelly


Business mentors are important. For some years I’ve looked at Martin Lewis as an example. I have exploited a gap in conviction based thought leadership in pensions to build this blog and help develop Pension PlayPen as a brand that … Continue reading

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A tale of two cultures (and why I’m backing payroll)


  Two days, two conferences and two vastly different experiences. On Wednesday I spent a day exploring the Future of Life and Pensions with what Market Force and people  I am told are financial services “C1s”. Apparently this means they’ve reached … Continue reading

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Kiss me Kate-Upcraft!


This is my friend and most admired business colleague Kate Upcraft, upright, outspoken upholder of the truth in all things payroll. I thought of her last night – as I watched the Globe’s production of the Taming of the Shrew. … Continue reading

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Who’s afraid of auto-enrolment?


Despite the dire warnings – not that many UK employers New research from workplace pensions provider NOW: Pensions reveals that UK small firms are relatively relaxed about auto enrolment and the introduction of the National Living Wage with concerns focussed … Continue reading

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AE – State of the Nation – thoughts from Accountex


  Two days conducting over 300 conversations with accountants , payroll experts and a pension providers has put me in reflexive (and recumbent!) mood!. I may only have spoken to 1 in 10 of the people who passed the Pension … Continue reading

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Budget blues for Osborne – but not for payroll


This was a blue budget for George Osborne, one that promised much, and delivered little rather less than planned. Things started going wrong three weeks before Budget Day when the Treasury announced that it would not be pressing ahead with … Continue reading

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A soft centered budget – (not as sweet as it sounded).


Sterling’s a great indicator of how experts really see a budget and yesterday Sterling fell against a basket of major currencies. We may have liked our sugar tax and our Lifetime ISA but the pound fell against the dollar and … Continue reading

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David Gauke on making tax digital


    This is the transcript of a speech given  by David Gauke, the  Financial Secretary to the Treasury at the Armstrong Watson event: ‘Essentials of pensions, tax and payroll in 2016’ I think the RTI project one of the … Continue reading

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Tax relief may be safe but our pensions aren’t


I wrote yesterday about the shock announcement from the Treasury that it wasn’t going to do anything about pension tax relief. Normally the Treasury does nothing about tax relief without telling us, which was great for financial advisers who saw a … Continue reading

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