The Government is planning to undertake a significant automatic enrolment simplification programme in an effort to make the reforms less burdensome for small and medium-sized firms.
Auto-enrolment began for the UK’s largest employers in October last year. The reforms are being phased in, with small and medium-sized employers required to comply with the new rules between now and 2018.
Speaking at the launch of a Nest report into auto-enrolment today, pensions minister Steve Webb (pictured) said: “A lot of the [problems] doing automatic enrolment were always going to be found out when we actually did it.
“So we will practice on the big employers, learn our lessons, and then do a round of simplification so when we get to the small and medium-sized firms those irritating regulations that do not need to be there or are not very clear can be ironed out.
“Doing that all in one go in a year or so feels like the right way to do it. So if providers or employers come across things about the way auto-enrolment is being done that are causing problems, we are very keen to streamline that process.”