Think tank urges govt to auto-enrol self-employed

The government should introduce an auto-enrolment scheme “equivalent to Nest” for the self-employed, according to the cross-party think-tank Demos.

In the report, Free Radicals: "Britain’s self-employed millions urgently need a new deal", published today, 25 April 2018, Demos lays out 30 recommendations for the government, suggesting an auto-enrolment scheme where the government acts as the “de facto employer”, topping up self-employed pensions by 4 per cent

Whitbread pension deficit drops by £136m; Costa and Premier Inn to split

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TPR to prosecute Samuel Smith’s Brewery for failing to hand over financial information

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State pension costs rise to £96.6bn

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PIC completes £200m buy-in with Kingfisher

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