The Government established NEST as a low-cost pension scheme to help deliver the auto-enrolment programme and to address a market failure in the pensions industry which meant that many employers and employees were unable to access low-cost, good quality pension provision. However, the Committee believes that certain restrictions placed on NEST will create complexity for employers and will disadvantage some employees. The Committee's report recommends that, if state aid rules allow, the Government should remove the following restrictions: the cap on the annual contributions an individual can make to a NEST scheme; and the ban on individuals transferring existing pension pots into NEST. The Committee further urges the Government to proceed with its plans for State Pension reform, introducing a flat-rate State Pension and reducing the level of means-testing without delay. The report also highlights the difficulties and complexity employers and employees currently face in comparing the fees and charges applied by pension providers and recommends that, from 2013 onwards, if some auto-enrolment schemes still have hidden charges, or charges that represent poor value for money, the Government should use its powers to intervene. Auto-enrolment will impose new costs and may be particularly challenging for small employers however the Committee considers that the Government has taken appropriate steps to minimise the impact on businesses through its gradual and flexible approach (qstaging and phasingq) to implementation. Exempting small employers would create significant complexity, as well as excluding many employees from the benefits of workplace pension savingThis year we have about 10 huge employers, pretty much all of whom have pension schemes. It is the people who work for them who are not in pensions. Thata#39;s great and we want them in. The whole exercise is particularly driven by that finalanbsp;...
|Title||:||Automatic Enrolment in Workplace Pensions and the National Employment Savings Trust|
|Author||:||Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Work and Pensions Committee|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2012-03-15|