What is the Pensions Regulator?

The Pensions Regulator is the UK public body that regulates work-based pension schemes. It makes sure employers are following Auto-Enrolment rules, that pension schemes are adequately funded, and that pension plans are being run in the best interests of retirement savers.

The Pensions Regulator’s responsibilities

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is responsible for protecting the benefits of members of workplace pension schemes and improving understanding of how work-based pension schemes can be administered effectively.

The Pensions Act 2008 introduced pensions Auto-Enrolment, meaning that most employees must be automatically enrolled into an employer pension scheme, and employers must contribute to employee pensions. The Pensions Regulator is now responsible for making sure employers are complying with these duties.

The powers of the Pensions Regulator

The main aim of the Pensions Regulator is to prevent problems developing, by providing support and advice to trustees, administrators and employers. The regulator can investigate schemes to identify risks, help put things right if problems are identified, and make sure that employers aren’t avoiding their pension obligations.

If the Pensions Regulator decides that action needs to be taken, they have a number of powers. For example, they can issue an improvement notice, take action to recover unpaid contributions, issue a freezing order to temporarily suspend the scheme, impose fines, and even prosecute certain offences in the criminal courts.

Contacting the Pensions Regulator

If you’re worried about how your workplace pension is being run, you can contact the Pensions Regulator to report your concern. You can do this by completing their online form, sending an email or calling them.

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Last edited: 30-09-2018

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