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The basic information
- Auto Enrolment is the Governments latest attempt to address the shortfall in UK pension savings.
- Work is on-going to introduce a number of changes to UK pension planning. There are three fundamental changes proposed.
- There is likely to be a ‘flat rate’ state pension, eradicating the need for means tested benefits.
- The state pension will start to be paid later in life.
- The introduction of Auto-Enrolment legislation, which will be the first phase to come into place, is summarised below.
- Auto-Enrolment legislation means that all employees will be auto-enrolled into a work place pension scheme from 2012 onwards.
The new employer responsibilities are as follows:
- the auto-enrolment of working individuals into a pension scheme, and
- compulsory pension contributions by employers and employees
Auto-enrolment means that an individual is automatically enrolled into their company’s qualifying pension scheme without any action on their part. Under the legislation, this will become a legal requirement for all UK employers.
Employers can choose to auto-enrol jobholders into a qualifying auto-enrolment private pension scheme or into the government’s scheme (NEST).
The total minimum pension contribution that needs to be paid into a scheme is 8% of qualifying earnings (band earnings up to a maximum amount), with the employer needing to contribute at least 3%. Please note that qualifying earnings differ from many current employers calculation of pensionable earnings, as it includes ALL earnings not just basic pay.
- All employers must register their qualifying pension with The Pensions Regulator (TPR) within four months of their Staging Date.
- All employees must be notified by their employer with details of the pension.
- Employees will be able to opt out of the scheme, but if they do, the employer will then need to re-enrol them back into the scheme every 3 years.