Tag Archives: SME

“April 2018 – a nudge too far?” Pension Play Pen Lunch – Monday 4th September


In little more than six months time , auto-enrolment will face its next big test. Minimum contributions to workplace pensions will increase from 1% employer and 1% employee to 2% employer and 3% employee. The contributions need only be paid … Continue reading

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Don’t take micro employers for granted; Auto-Enrolment depends on them.


Apprentice levy ≠auto-enrolment! Blink and you miss it but at around 35 minutes into this morning’s “Wake up to Money” Mickey Clarke suggests to Suzanne Miller that Pitch and Canvas her start-up glamping business didn’t have to worry about auto-enrolment! He confused  the Apprentice … Continue reading

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BREXIT – big business hysteria has to stop – Stephen Kelly – Sage.


  The tale of Chicken Little was a Kelly bedtime story favourite – and in recent days in post-referendum Britain, some of our leaders seem to have taken a lead from the famous farmyard fable. In the story, Chicken Little … Continue reading

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A “tax on a tax” – VAT on auto-enrolment bills


The Government is encouraging us to think of auto-enrolment for micros as an extension of the success story it has been for larger employers. But things are very different for smaller employers – especially when it comes to tax. Many … Continue reading

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PLSA to be of help?


  Yesterday , the good egg that is Jonathan Stapleton forwarded me the PLSA’s press release announcing their initiative to help small business’ understand workplace pensions. The Pitch is straightforward “The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association knows pensions inside out … Continue reading

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Simplifying AE – why the workforce assessment IS worth it


The Government is calling for ideas to simplify auto-enrolment.  I had an interesting discussion with a senior payroll policy lobbyist yesterday. She argues that the “workforce assessment” is too problematic to become part of the normal payroll function of Britain’s … Continue reading

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