The impact of automatic enrolment in the UK as at 2016

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Pensions Policy Institute
Pensions Policy Institute
Date of publication
17 January 2017
Briefing note 87 (PhD series No 1)
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This briefing notes considers what is known about the impact of the introduction of auto-enrolment into workplace schemes on pensions saving in the UK so far, as at the end of 2016.

Auto-enrolment means that employers are obligated to automatically enrol workers into a qualifying pension scheme. Employees are able to opt out from the scheme at any point, but they will be re-enrolled every three years.

This note examines the number of participants, the contributions, and opt-out rates in work-place pensions, since the introduction of auto-enrolment in the UK.

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