Pensions: Computerized saving to begin at 18 beneath new plans

The Federation of Small Businesses said that requiring employers to contribute from the first pound of earnings would mean that by 2019 they would have to pay up to £180 more per employee each year

The Department for Work and Pensions today unveiled plans to review the current system for automatic enrolment by the mid-2020s.

Ahead of the much-anticipated publication of the AE review tomorrow, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced a package of measures created to include more people in the AE regime and bring in a total £3.8bn of additional annual contributions.

It will also confirm no plans to raise contribution levels above the 8% now set out for April 2019 until further evidence is gathered from the planned rate hikes. The change could affect nearly a million young people. There is a danger of people sleepwalking into pensions and not having control of it.

The review, due to be published on Monday, estimates there are still about 12 million people under-saving for their retirement, representing 38% of the working age population.

Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke said there had been "greater saving for pensions" since automatic enrolment came into effect but admitted increases in contributions from next year "might put people off", even though "the evidence is that opt-out rates have been lower than people predicted".

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Since the launch of auto-enrolment in 2012, the number of people in workplace pensions has grown to more than 9 million, with many of them under the age of 30.

It has previously been announced that contribution levels into workplace pensions, which include the combined amounts coming from employers and employees will be raised over the coming years.

Jamie Jenkins, head of pensions strategy at Standard Life, said the government's plans were welcome: "These measures will ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to start to build up pension savings".

Chris Curry, director at the Pensions Policy Institute, added: "We all want to be able to enjoy a comfortable retirement and to maintain our standard of living".

Sir Steve Webb, director of policy at Royal London, said: 'There are some great ideas in this review, including starting pension saving at age 18 and making sure that every pound that you earn is pensionable. Workplace pension contributions would also be calculated from the first pound earned, rather than from the lower earnings limit, which is expected to bring an extra £2.6bn into pension saving.


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