2016 Report details for project: Automatic Enrolment Programme

Project name: Automatic Enrolment Programme - there are 6 reports for this project: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
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Organisation: DWP (D10) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2016 (data is from Sept 2015)
Category: Transformation - see all reports for this category
Description: The Automatic Enrolment Programme was established to implement the Government’s workplace pension reforms. The overarching aim of the reforms is to get more people saving more for their retirement. The Programme went live in October 2012, delivering: 1) Automatic enrolment - a new duty on employers to automatically enrol their eligible workers into a qualifying workplace pension scheme; and to increase the incentive to remain saving in a pension scheme, there is a mandatory employer contribution. 2) The National Employment Savings Trust – which has a public service obligation to accept any employer who wishes to use it to meet their employer duty. It provides a good quality pension to individuals on low to moderate earnings. 3) An employer compliance regime - run by the Pension Regulator to support these measures. The implementation approach is gradual, with employers being 'staged' by size, over the period October 2012 to February 2018; and contributions to pension schemes are being gradually increased over time to provide a period of adjustment for employers and individuals, with full contributions being paid from April 2019. Once fully implemented the Department expects to see around 9 million people newly saving or saving more into a workplace pension, and an increase in pension saving of around £15 billion a year.
DCA (RAG): Amber
DCA text: Programme implementation has been successful, with over 5.8 million people automatically enrolled by over 79,000 employers, high levels of compliance amongst employers and opt-out rates amongst individuals remaining low at around 10%. The Programme was positively assessed by The National Audit Office in November 2015, while noting the challenge of supporting the very large volumes of small and micro employers to meet their duties from January 2016 onwards. In preparation for this, the Programme delivered a significant piece of work over Autumn 2015 to tailor its communications for smaller employers. This included a refreshed TPR website, revised employer guidance, an on-line tool to assess the eligibility of workers, and a national communications campaign to help raise awareness.
Start date: 2007-05-01
End date: 2018-11-30
Schedule text: The Programme went live on time. The implementation approach has been designed to accommodate the significant increase in volumes over the 2015-2018 period. The Programme is on track to deliver to timetable.
Baseline: £117.50m
Forecast: £100.96m
Variance: -14.08%
Variance text: The proportion of employers complying has been higher than expected so the costs of enforcing compliance have been lower than budgeted.
Whole Life Cost: £995.40m
WLCost text: The whole life costs cover the period from 2007-08 when the Programme started through to 2017-18, the business case period (as per the business case at September 2012). The funding covers: the set up and running costs of NEST (through a repayable loan); the set-up and running costs of the compliance regime within TPR; the communications costs for raising awareness through a series of campaigns; and the costs associated with running the Programme Management Office.
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Sourcefile: IPA_2016.csv

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