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2017 and the savings landscape…

Anyone who is involved in the world of workplace savings will recognise that the last few months have been rather interesting to say the least. At the start of the year both employers and the pensions industry were braced for major changes to UK pension tax reliefs in the March Budget. Yet shortly before the […]

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FCA Retirement Income Market Data

Last week the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published their collected data under the above title for the period July-September 2015. It should be admitted that ordinarily such a set of figures would hold little appeal for either this article or our readers. Yet these are far from ordinary times for pension savings (and the employers that sponsor same). […]

Workie gets mean…

Last year we highlighted the launch of the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) auto-enrolment awareness campaign – fronted by that nice friendly monster Workie. The Pensions Regulator (TPR), however, may not be so cuddly. In early January it issued this statement, with some of the most relevant passages reproduced below for information: “Up to half a million small […]

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Under the radar – Fit for Work and sickness absence

Earlier this month we sat in on a presentation delivered by the Fit for Work service, and this session did highlight one small but important change to the offering that we must admit had slipped under our radar. The Sickness Absence Review published in 2010 suggested that the Independent Assessment Service (now branded Fit for Work) should have three access points; referral by […]

Pot Follows Member – or does it?

One of the perceived problems with pensions Auto-Enrolment was the number of small pension “pots” that would be created given that the average UK worker changes employer many times throughout their career. In the early stages of the Auto-Enrolment project this was deemed to be a major challenge, and therefore the previous Minister set in […]

An open door for scammers?

Recent reports highlight that the Work and Pensions Select Committee of MPs are concerned about the potential for scams following the introduction of Pension Freedoms this year. This is a subject that we have already featured several times on the Jelf Blog, and one that we think is really important for employers (and of course […]

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Sickness absence — a key piece to the productivity puzzle?

We recently wrote about the productivity puzzle and how the UK lags very far behind most of the other major economies of the G7 on this particular measure. There are of course many pieces to this particular puzzle – and a timely report by The Work Foundation highlights how sickness absence plays a part in this issue also.