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October 2014

Neil Sharp, Partner at Pen Partnership goes back the futureā€¦..

22/10/14 Category: Comment

It must be political party conference season again… or maybe there is an election looming? How can we tell? Well, there is the array of unfortunate photos of party leaders on the front pages looking like competitors in some kind of ‘gurning’ competition, but there is also a lot of ‘news’ regarding Inheritance Tax (IHT). IHT is a political weapon that punches above its weight when it comes to creating headlines, but also in nudging the political agenda this way and that – I recall vividly when the £1m level was first floated back in 2007, it was enough to…
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Karen Gamble considers the future of auto-enrolment for group income protection

07/10/14 Comment

So what do we think about auto-enrolment for group income protection? Surveys are being conducted, think tanks are thinking and the specialist HR and benefits media have found another topic to write about. And of course, employers via trade organisations such as the CBI or local Chambers of Commerce will be saying NO, too soon after pensions and too expensive and not our role anyway!! But we really are only at the stage of raising this as a proposition. Let’s not get bogged down in issues of affordability, complexity, responsibility. The mere fact that is has been suggested at all…
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