01 June 2009

Dear Sirs

The Institute of Payroll Professionals (IPP) was established in September 2006 following a re-branding of the Institute of Payroll and Pensions Management (IPPM). Since 1985, our primary aim has been to raise the standards of professionalism across the payroll industry and, by doing this, elevate the standing and profile of the profession. The IPP currently represents the views of its 5,000 members and works with a number of Government departments, such as HMRC, DWP, BERR formerly DTI and the ODPM.

The Mission of the IPP is to raise the contribution of payroll and pension professionals to
organisations by:

• Improving technical skills and practical experience

• Working with Government to ensure practical implementation of relevant legislation

• Promoting the highest standards of professional conduct

The Institute, through its Policy team headed by Karen Thomson, has been responding to consultation documents and attending consultation meetings for more than 12 years. In addition, the IPP makes regular representation to Government departments on current and/or proposed legislation and procedures that are impracticable or inequitable for employers which, in turn, could have a knock-on effect on Government departments.

As a result of this sustained effort over the last decade, we have created sound working relationships with DWP, HMRC and other Government departments.
The IPP are grateful for the opportunity to comment on the consultation for The Pensions (Automatic Enrolment) Regulations Consultation. We are pleased to be able to feed into the policy and operational changes that arise from this consultation, and hope that this written response will form the basis of an ongoing relationship with the DWP.

Yours faithfully

Diana Bruce
Policy Liaison Officer

Should you require clarification of any of the points that have been made in this response, please do not hesitate to contact me or one of the members of the Policy and Research Team.

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