The Pensions Regulator begins spot checks in Edinburgh

26 July 2017

Edinburgh is the latest city that The Pensions Regulator is focusing on to ensure employers are complying with their automatic enrolment duties.

Inspection teams will visit dozens of businesses in and around the city over the coming weeks to check that qualifying staff are being given the workplace pensions they are entitled to.

The move is part of a nationwide enforcement campaign which began in London in April to ensure employers are meeting their automatic enrolment duties correctly. Short-notice inspections have since been carried out in Greater Manchester, Sheffield and Birmingham. This is the first time these checks have been done in Scotland.

The checks will help TPR understand whether employers are facing any unnecessary challenges that they can help them with, for example by improving their systems. The checks will also highlight employers who have not taken the required steps to become or remain compliant, paving the way for enforcement action.

More than 640,000 employers across the UK have met their automatic enrolment duties, with more than eight million workers given workplace pensions as a result. New data to the end of April 2017 reveals that more than 3,300 employers in Edinburgh have met their automatic enrolment duties and as a result, 53,000 members of staff in the city have signed up for workplace pensions to date. More than 2,000 extra employers in Edinburgh have automatic enrolment duties that begin in 2017.

TPR teams will begin visiting other towns and cities across the UK in the coming weeks.