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Govt planning ‘significant’ auto-enrolment simplification for SMEs

Steve Webb 480 LibDems DWP

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.”


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There are 7 comments at the moment, we would love to hear your opinion too.

  1. As previously stated Webb is clueless. How can employers plan when policy is once again being made on the hoof? Why do Govt’s & Regulators not think through the consequences of their actions before implementing them? What a joke this is. How about when you pay in your employer isn’t yet sure of what the rules& regulations will be yet!

  2. Simplification! now there’s a thing but I’m sure this rings a bell!

  3. Perhaps they will address the proverbial Hokey Cokey when the member is compelled to ‘opt in and then opt out, in, out, in out’ etc etc

  4. Bring in the clowns, don’t bother, the’re here !!!!

  5. If only!

    Will single premiums be recognised? His definition of ‘simple’ will be interesting.

  6. Whooooo there, pull up. I have lived in this country long enough to realise any implimentation of a system drawn up by the Civil Service is bound to be beset with problems and issues, it always does!
    The word Simplification is Civil Service speak for ‘originally a cock up’ as in pension simplification a few years ago.
    Give the lad his due, at least he is listening to employers who are moaning about the system, unlike the last lot of encumbants who refused to listen to anyone but lobyists over a meal at the Caprice.

  7. Government and Simplification should not be used in the same sentence if history is anything to go by.

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