Read transcripts of debates in both Houses
Produced by Commons Library, Lords Library and Parliamentary Office Science and Technology
Search for Members by name, postcode, constituency and party
Learn about their experience, knowledge and interests
Celebrating people who have made Parliament a positive, inclusive working environment
Four staff networks for people to discuss and consider issues.
Contact your MP or a Member of the House of Lords about an issue that matters to you
Find and register for Parliament's free events and training sessions
Take a tour of Parliament and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea by the River Thames
House of Commons has been shortlisted, voting is now open
Book a school visit, classroom workshop or teacher-training session
Access videos, worksheets, lesson plans and games
Public Accounts Committee
Report published 27 January 2016. Awaiting Government response.
The government faces significant challenges in ensuring that people have adequate incomes in retirement. People are living longer and fewer have been saving into workplace pension schemes than in the past. Automatic enrolment aims to reverse the long-term decline in the number of people saving into workplace pensions.
The Department for Work and Pensions, The Pensions Regulator and The National Employment Savings Trust have worked together to introduce the automatic enrolment programme, doing so successfully for large and medium-sized employers who account for around 20 million workers. They now face a greater challenge as 1.8 million smaller employers are required to enrol their workers by 2018.
Programme spending is so far on track and opt-out rates have been lower than expected at between 8% and 14%. This inquiry looks at the risks of registering smaller employers and how DWP ensures that more widespread enrolment translates into higher retirement incomes.
Evidence given by Mike Cherry, Policy Director, Federation of Small Businesses, and Kay Carberry, Assistant General Secretary, Trades Union Congress; Robert Devereux, Permanent Secretary, and Charlotte Clark, Auto-Enrolment Senior Responsible Officer, Department for Work and Pensions, Charles Counsell, Executive Director, Automatic Enrolment, The Pensions Regulator, and Helen Dean, Chief Executive, National Employment Savings Trust (at 4.30pm).
Public Accounts Committee publishes report on automatic enrolment to workplace pensions