DWP consultation on technical changes to automatic enrolment – an NAPF response
The NAPF has responded to the Government’s consultation on technical changes to auto enrolment.
It is important that small and medium sized employers are helped as much as possible as they start to auto enrol their workforce into a pension scheme. The NAPF is especially supportive of easement for employers who contractually enrol their employees and measures to remove the employer duty to auto enrol certain groups of individuals, such as those with fixed or enhanced tax protection, for whom pension saving is not appropriate.
The Government’s proposals are broadly welcome, provided they do not:
- Impact on employers who have already begun to automatically enrol their workforce. Changes should create additional options for employers and not replace current processes;
- Add to the burden on employers by introducing new monitoring requirements; or,
- Extend the number of groups excluded from automatic enrolment to the extent that it begins to undermine the Government’s policy objectives.