The Department for Work and Pensions (the "DWP") has confirmed that it is to consult on proposals to make the automatic enrollment process more straightforward. Following the commencement of auto-enrolment in October 2012, a number of larger employers have gone through the process of auto-enrolling their workforce. Taking into account feedback received in relation to the process, a shortlist of areas which could benefit from practical or technical improvement has been identified which includes:
- making assessment of the workforce easier;
- making it easier for money purchase schemes to show they meet the scheme quality requirements; and
- removing the duty to enroll particular groups such as those who benefit from protection because they have already exceeded the lifetime allowance for tax purposes.
The consultation will be launched next month and any changes that are made as a result of the consultation will recognize the need to provide enough notice to allow employers and providers to update their systems.