Football club fined thousands for auto enrolment non-compliance

22 April 2016

Swindon Town Football Company Limited (STFC) received fines from The Pensions Regulator (TPR) worth a total of £22,900 after it failed to put eligible workers into a pension scheme or comply with other workplace pension duties.

Charles Counsell, Executive Director of automatic enrolment, said:

“This case illustrates what can happen when an employer buries their head in the sand and disregards their duties. If things aren’t going well, then talk to us; don’t ignore us. Failing to comply on time will not save you money. Not only do you risk a fine, you will also have to make back dated contributions.”

STFC was issued with a compliance notice on 18 August 2014 directing it to automatically enrol staff and pay contributions but failed to comply by the deadline of 17 October 2014.

There were several further delays in the employer complying with their duties, and as a result TPR’s intervention escalated from a focus on remedial action to one of enforcement action.

Full details of the case including a timeline of events are outlined in Regulatory Intervention reports.