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Workplace pensions automatic enrolment webinar: for professionals supporting the care sector
As you may know, the law on workplace pensions has changed. Under the Pensions Act 2008, every employer in the UK must put certain staff into a pension scheme and contribute towards it. This is called 'automatic enrolment'. A service user who employs a personal care assistant will have certain legal duties. If you would like to learn more, we are running a webinar to explain the basics.
A refresher of what you need to know about automatic enrolment
Help your clients, who employ a personal care assistant, meet their automatic enrolment (AE) duties on time. Aimed at support organisations, payroll bureax, local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and those professionals involved in helping service users meet their AE duties. We will focus on particular issues and examples specific to the care sector.
Features a Q&A session with our expert panel: Christopher Brooks from Age UK and, for technical AE questions, Neil Esslemont from the regulator.
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Please click here for the supporting slides in PDF format.
The Pensions Regulator have appointed Glasgows to organise the event and host the online registration process.
For more information about other events please visit the AE Portal.
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Neil Esslemont, Head of Industry Liaison, TPR
Neil Esslemont is the Head of Industry Liaison at The Pensions Regulator. In this role he is responsible for engaging with UK suppliers to promote understanding and readiness relating to the automatic enrolment regulations, as well as communicating with employers to help them understand the new duties.
Neil has more than 25 years experience in dealing with large companies in both private & public sector. Neil previously worked as a Client Director for BT and Siemens, and as a Management Consultant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Neil has a technology background in computer software engineering, gained after graduating from Exeter University with a Maths & Physics B.Sc.
Sue Bott, Disability Rights UK
Sue Bott, a disabled person with visual impairment from birth, has been active in the disability movement in the UK for many years.
Currently she is Deputy Chief Executive at Disability Rights UK.
Previously she was Chief Executive of the National Centre for Independent Living and before that spent fifteen years working for a Centre for Independent Living (Shropshire Disability Consortium) initially as its development worker and latterly as its Chief Officer.
She has a first degree in political theory and institutions and a masters degree in public service management. She lives in Kent and has two grown up children.
Sue was awarded a CBE in 2014 in recognition of services to people with disabilities and their families.
Rebecca Woodley, Industry Liaison Manager, TPR
Rebecca is part of the Industry Liaison team at The Pensions Regulator. In this role she is responsible for engaging with professionals supporting the care sector, as well as representatives of key industry sectors, to help them understand the new 'automatic enrolment' duties.
Rebecca previously worked in the financial services industry, specialising in pension advice and achieving a Diploma in Financial Planning. Rebecca has a background in education, gained after graduating from Bristol University with a Politics B.Sc.
Christopher Brooks, Senior Policy Manager for Consumer and Community, Age UK
Chris is Senior Policy Manager for Consumer and Community at Age UK. He leads Age UK’s public policy work on private pensions, employment and skills, as well as managing a team covering a diverse range of policy issues. He has worked at Age UK since May 2010, and was previously at the awarding body City & Guilds, where he managed its Parliamentary and public policy activity.