The Pensions Regulator

Regulators warn public of pension scammer tactics as victims report losing an average of £91,000 in 2017

A new campaign to tackle pension scams has launched as the latest figures reveal that victims of pension scammers lost an average of £91,000 each in 2017. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and The Pensions Regulator (TPR) have joined forces to urge the public to be on their guard when receiving unexpected offers about their pension and to check who

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Automatic enrolment is an ongoing process – it does not end with your declaration of compliance

Employers across the UK suspected of providing false or misleading information to The Pensions Regulator (TPR) about how they are meeting their automatic enrolment duties, will now be targeted with short notice inspections. The latest round of spot checks, due to start later this month, will also target employers who are still non-compliant with their automatic enrolment duties despite penalty

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Trustee fined for failing to report unpaid pension contributions

The administrators of a master trust failed to report the fact that they had not collected or invested nearly £900,000 of pension contributions on behalf of their members. Smart Pension Limited, which runs the Autoenrolment.co.uk master trust, failed to tell The Pensions Regulator (TPR) that 498 employers had failed to pay contributions that were due. Smart Pension also didn’t inform

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Automatic enrolment key messages

For new employers and start up businesses If your clients have recently become an employer, it’s important they don’t forget to tell The Pensions Regulator who their nominated key point of contact is. Research by The Pensions Regulator indicates that employers who nominate a key point of contact are more likely to comply with their duties and less likely to

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Assets to be seized from employers that snub workplace pension fines

Employers that refuse to pay workplace pension fines could have their assets seized to pay their debts. The Pensions Regulator (TPR) issues fines to employers that fail to meet their automatic enrolment duties and can secure court orders if the debts are not paid. TPR is to now appoint High Court Enforcement Officers (HCEOs) to enforce court orders in England

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Increase in deductions for pensions means fall in take home pay for many

Millions of workers who are auto-enrolled into pensions will see deductions from wages triple when they receive their April wage slip, says Rebecca Goldring, a tax manager at leading accounting, tax and advisory practice Blick Rothenberg. “On April 6 a relatively modest 0.8% deduction from workers’ pay packets into their auto-enrolment pensions increased to 2.4%, with an additional rise to

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Recruitment firm to face court for illegally opting staff out of pensions

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is to prosecute a national recruitment firm, its directors and some of its senior staff on the suspicion that they illegally opted employees out of their pension scheme. Workchain Ltd (formerly known as Smart Recruitment UK Ltd) is accused of logging into its workplace pension scheme’s online system using employees’ personal details, to terminate their membership

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TPR to prosecute healthcare company for trying to avoid giving its staff workplace pensions

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is to prosecute a healthcare company and its managing director for trying to avoid providing their staff with a workplace pension. Birmingham-based Crest Healthcare and managing director Sheila Aluko are accused of wilfully failing to comply with their automatic enrolment duties under section 45 of the Pensions Act 2008. Both defendants are also accused of falsely

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Survey shows business advisers continue to be crucial to the success of automatic enrolment

A survey of business advisers has shown the vast majority will continue to help their clients with their ongoing automatic enrolment duties. The Pensions Regulator’s (TPR) intermediary awareness and understanding tracker (PDF, 858kb, 31 pages) also shows most advisers expect to be helping new businesses that are taking on staff for the first time with their automatic enrolment duties. However the research

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