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Extend auto-enrolment pensions to small employers
We will continue to extend auto-enrolment to small employers and make it available to the self-employed.
Our Verdict

Since the early 2000s, a series of governments has grappled with the idea of requiring employers to automatically enrol their employees onto a pension scheme. This was finally legislated for in the Pensions Act 2008 under a previous government, with an implementation date of 2012.

Special conditions were set for small employers, meaning that they didn’t have to implement automatic enrolment until a few years later to help with the financial cost. This date (February 2018) has now passed, and so all small employers are now required to automatically enrol their employees onto a pension scheme. Therefore this policy can be marked ‘done’. We will continue to monitor the government’s work and keep this page updated. Stay tuned for any changes.

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