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The government’s response to the consultation has been published in two stages. The latest report published Februrary 2014 sets out the government’s response in relation to the proposed exemption of certain categories of workers from the scope of automatic enrolment.
An earlier response in October 2013 summarised the main points made by respondents with regard to proposed technical changes to auto enrolment (including draft regulations).
To address concerns expressed by respondents, the government made 3 amendments to the original proposals.
Regulations were laid before Parliament on 11 October 2013, with the changes taking effect on 1 November 2013.
The consultation document outlines the amendments proposed to give more flexibility on pay reference periods, the automatic enrolment joining window and the form of the opt out notice. It also sets out proposals to align the contribution deadline for all new joiners and amend the Test Scheme Standard.
The consultation also sought views on:
- easements for employers providing good pension schemes
- potential future changes to remove the automatic enrolment duty where pension saving is not appropriate, or where further pension saving could result in financial detriment
The consultation was aimed at employers, pension schemes, their advisers, and providers of payroll services, but comments were welcomed from anyone with an interest in automatic enrolment.