Pensions automatic enrolment
A major change to how we save for retirement is happening.
To encourage more people to save for their retirement, from October 2012 onwards, all employers will enrol their workers into a workplace pension if they’re not already in one.
The aim is to help more people have another income, on top of the State Pension, when they retire.
The State Pension is a foundation for your retirement. If you want to have more, you need to save during your working life.
The government is getting employers to enrol their workers automatically into a pension at work so it is easier for people to start saving.
You can opt out if you want to, but if you stay in you will have your own pension which you get when you retire.
What’s more, if you stay in, your employer will contribute to your pension and the government will also contribute through tax relief*. This means, unlike other ways of saving, being in a workplace pension means you’re not the only one putting money in.
*Tax relief means some of your money that would have gone to the government as tax, goes into your pension instead.
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