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Govt launches final auto-enrolment consultation

The Government has today launched its final consultation on auto-enrolment regulations to gather feedback from employers and the industry.

The consultation will ask stakeholders for views on scheme self-certification, qualification criteria for pension schemes and requirements to provide employees with information on auto-enrolment.

It will also consider the timetable for the implementation plan for the reforms and make additional proposals for the compliance and enforcement regime of auto-enrolment.

The consultation will run until November 5 2009.

The Government is also publishing a second consultation, on draft guidance on the use of group sipps for auto-enrolment and the use of default options in workplace personal pensions used for auto-enrolment. This consultation will run until 17 December 2009.

The responses to the consultation on the first batch of regulations were also published today.

Minister for pensions and the ageing society Angela Eagle said: “These landmark reforms, on a scale unprecedented anywhere in the world, will ensure millions of workers on low and moderate incomes will be able to save for retirement in a workplace pension for the first time.

“Our reforms mean people will receive a mandatory employer contribution and tax relief from the state. We encourage all stakeholders to continue to play their part in this important consultation as we deliver this ambitious programme.”


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