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Employers be warned; your workplace pension responsibilities are wider than you think!


    When I read this social media add from the Pensions Regulator I half thought tPR were encouraging employers to engage with their pension. No such luck – the pages behind the link explain the employer duties and responsibilities … Continue reading

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Small employers are sorting the pension problem – but they need some help!


  There are a lot of organisations taking the credit for auto-enrolment and it’s true it has worked because Government , providers and business advisers have worked together. But the heavy lifting has been done by getting on for a … Continue reading

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2018 and all that… AE costs go up 150%!


  How prepared are we for the first big hike in auto-enrolment contributions in April 2018? Should we be preparing our staff for a fall in take home pay? What can we do to see pension saving as a positive? Alright … Continue reading

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Standard Life- welcome to Sage’s digital “Data Exchange”!


I’m very pleased to see Standard Life’s announcement that its “Good to go” proposition is now part of Sage’s Data Exchange initiative. The news grabs headlines in the Scotsman and it should be headline news down south as well! Employer’s … Continue reading

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The past, present and future of Pensions #autoenrolment


On Wednesday , at 5pm , I’ll be explaining these slides at Accountex 2017 – a talk generously sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals. It’s going to be a fun, provocative and I hope instructive talk and I’m … Continue reading

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Payroll as distributor; can payroll win the battle of benefits?


“Payroll is our next distribution channel”, an insurer assured me last week. We were at Sage Summit, inspecting “Sage People” and the employee benefits package that was launched late last year to Sage 50 users, My mind went back to the late 1990s … Continue reading

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Diversity – (my part in “his” downfall)!


If “lack of diversity” is the problem, I’m part of it! Like the eight panellists at the pension sessions of Sage Summit I was male, pale, grey and stale! Apologies (to our regulators Charles Counsell and Neil Esslemont, to Standard Life’s … 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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How payroll can get pension-smart (without really trying!)


Pensions are important. They occupy our press, parliament and they occupy payroll! For better or worse we have wedded payroll to work and unless you are on a payroll, it is increasingly unlikely that you are earning much more than credits … Continue reading

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Customer care, how pensions can learn from payroll (and Newcastle!)


Steve Cram – what a guy @Cintrapayroll thx for a great day! pic.twitter.com/MPi7BmmD0x — Pension Plowman (@henryhtapper) February 9, 2017  Cue Cintra Steve Cram, closing the Cintra user event on Thursday, remarked that it was unusual to find every table … Continue reading

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