Expert advisory group appointed to the automatic enrolment review

09 February 2017

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced the external advisory group that will support the 2017 review in to automatic enrolment.

Terms of reference have been published which detail that the purpose of the Advisory Group is to support the work of the DWP review team by providing advice, insight and a challenge function.

There will be three chairs:

  •  Ruston Smith, Trustee Director at Peoples’ Pension
  • Jamie Jenkins, Head of Pensions Strategy at Standard Life
  • Chris Curry, Director of the Pensions Policy Institute.

Each chair will lead on a key theme within the review with supporting membership from a range of experts. Advice will be provided by the group to the DWP review team to inform DWP’s development of a report to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

The work of the group will have regard to s149 of the Equality Act and the principles of fairness, affordability and sustainability in providing advice on future policy development through ensuring that automatic enrolment continues to meet the needs of individual savers while,

  • Balancing the needs of individuals with the costs to employers, where possible minimising the administrative burden on employers; and
  • Ensuring value for money for the taxpayer.
  • Recognising consistency with other recent developments in the wider pensions and savings landscape.

How to respond to the review

Read the initial questions related to the automatic enrolment review on the three themes of:

  1. Coverage
  2. Engagement
  3. Contributions

Interested parties can send views about the review by 22 March 2017 via email to: [email protected] or by post to: AE 2017 Review Team, Private Pensions Directorate, Department for Work and Pensions, First floor, Caxton House, Tothill Street, London, SW1H 9NA.

The DWP will publish a final report later this year.