Pensions Minister backs online course devised by Hull firm

Published: Monday 2nd November 2015 by Rich Sutherland

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The Government’s Pensions Minister has given her backing to a nationwide scheme which is using expertise from a business in Hull to help more than a million employers prepare for auto enrolment.

Baroness Ros Altmann says improving awareness of the issues around pension provision is crucial to helping the smaller businesses hit their deadlines.

The Minister has been leading a TV campaign to promote “Workie”, the brand mascot created by the Department of Work and Pensions as part of an £8 million marketing campaign. She also praised the online course offered by the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) using material from Golding Computer Services.

The CIPP launched its service ahead of a New Year trigger which will see auto enrolment adopted by more than half a million small and micro businesses during 2016. Central to the service is the expertise of Goldings, which has provided the CIPP’s “Automatic Enrolment Specialist Course” and the companion “Automatic Enrolment Technical Specialist Course”.

Baroness Altmann said: “I was delighted to hear about a new online course to help employers and payroll professionals to prepare for automatic enrolment. Communicating automatic enrolment and designing simple processes that can be administered by payroll professionals is absolutely crucial to getting small and micro employers on board.

“I appreciate that such a large scale reform represents a significant challenge and automatic enrolment can seem like a complicated process for employers who have not engaged with workplace pensions before. Making information about automatic enrolment accessible to employers is one of the Pensions Regulator’s top priorities. The CIPP’s online course will provide employers will another source of information in one place, which I am sure will be welcomed.”

Auto enrolment legislation was introduced in 2013 and means all employers must automatically enrol all staff into a pension scheme and make contributions to that scheme unless employees opt out. Penalties for failing to comply start at £400.

Dave Wheeler, the CIPP’s project consultant, said: “Auto enrolment has been one of the biggest talking points in business in recent years but the staging process so far has merely scratched the surface in terms of numbers of employers coming on board.

“The Pensions Regulator has been processing businesses with more than 50 employees and figures have been relatively low, with a peak of 17,100 employers registering during the quarter from April 1 this year.

“But next year numbers will rocket, with 110,000 employers required to implement the scheme from January 1 until March 31, and 512,000 businesses to join during the whole of 2016.”

More than 660,000 will reach their auto enrolment staging dates during 2017, and they will be followed by the new businesses which have been set up during the roll-out period.

The CIPP’s facility enables employers to establish the extent of their involvement with automatic enrolment and, if appropriate, give them practical advice on each of the stages in the process.

Vic Golding, Managing Director of Goldings, said: “The specialist course uses slides and a voiceover to show an audience from business owners to their accountants and consultants the latest high level thinking about auto enrolment. The technical specialist course covers the opportunities offered by technology.

“It is aimed at the payroll personnel who will be in the front line of introducing auto enrolment to their business, and it covers the hot topic of in the cloud computing and the use of computers for recording purposes, enabling users to ensure they are working in line with the recommendations of HMRC and The Pensions Regulator.”

For details of the CIPP courses and Goldings’ new “in the cloud” Sage One software service contact Di Garbera at Golding Computer Services on Hull (01482) 328706, email di@gcs-limited.com or visit: www.gcs-limited.com

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Published: Monday 2nd November 2015 by Rich Sutherland

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