Tag Archives: workplace pension

Time to dig this Government out of its hole?


Tax, national insurance and pensions policy should be put in a vault marked “toxic” and should be handled with extreme caution. This morning I have three toxic issues to prove my point. The fiasco of announcing an increase in national insurance … Continue reading

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Which would you rather live in- a house or a car?


  I’m fond of our current pension minister; he makes me laugh! He does a good impression of the “pension’s idiot” and enjoys being thought rather less on the ball than he actually is.   But scratch the surface and … Continue reading

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Do employers have a duty of care when choosing pensions?


The shadow pension secretary Alex Cunningham has tabled an amendment to the Pension Schemes Bill which could clarify whether an employer has a duty of care in choosing a workplace pension for its staff. There are currently over 80 class … Continue reading

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Avoid the ambulance chasers and choose your workplace pension wisely


In America the business of providing staff with a retirement benefits plan (known as 401k) is taken very seriously. Employers have fiduciary responsibility to the participants and to the plan. That means that if employers do not take due care … Continue reading

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Seasonal workers have as much right to a workplace pension as any others!


I am surprised and disappointed in the National Farmers Union, lobbying to release farmers from paying auto-enrolment contributions to short-term “seasonal” workers. We are in danger of opening the flood gates here to every part of the gig economy that … Continue reading

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How can payroll bureaux profit from auto-enrolment?


I’ve recently been asked by the leading payroll trade publication to answer some questions. I’ve enjoyed thinking about them and have set out my answers below. I’m not a payroll manager and I don’t run a bureau – I’m not … Continue reading

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The peril of pensions (a quiet word in payroll’s ear).


Anyone who manages payroll, whether in-house or as an outsourcer, will by now have discovered the perils of auto-enrolment. This article will not rehearse the process issues (you’ll be relieved to know). But with auto-enrolment come workplace pensions. Currently the majority … Continue reading

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Half a million savers let down by those they trust!


I am (once again) grateful to Jo Cumbo of the FT for her excellent reporting. Here is her summary of the latest state of the nation report on the progress of IGCs and Trustee Chairs overseeing our workplace pensions. You … Continue reading

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Why can’t we talk about investment returns?


  Investment performance has become a taboo – a “no go zone”. This suits the auto-enrolment agenda which is “comply or die”, but NEST has broken ranks and asked defaqto to publish comparative investment performance and it was right to … Continue reading

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Taking possession; how’s Workie performing ?


There’s an urban (pension) myth that it’s not until your pension is worth as much as your car that you take any notice of it. My car has been written off twice and has a scrap value of £1000 so … Continue reading

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