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Scottish Widows


Auto-enrolment savers want employers to ‘offer full financial advice’

A third of employees think firms which offer a pension scheme should also offer access to full financial advice in the workplace, research from Scottish Widows suggests.

03 Oct 2014

How can your firm get the most out of its pension scheme?

Find out how you can get the best value out of your pension scheme with WSB’s live interactive roundtable.

29 Sep 2014

Auto-enrolment boosts saving rates for low earners

Half of employees on lower incomes are now saving adequately for retirement due to automatic enrolments according to research.

08 Sep 2014

Widows chief: Pensions industry close to breaking point after Budget

Toby Strauss, the chief executive of Scottish Widows, has said the pensions industry is in danger of "breaching its capacity to cope" following the far-reaching changes announced at Budget 2014, unless it is afforded some breathing space by policymakers.

08 Sep 2014

Number of families with protection insurance falling

Only a quarter (24%) of adults in the UK with children under 16 have any form of financial protection, according to research.

29 Aug 2014

Employers will bear the brunt of charge cap

The cost of implementing the 0.75% charge cap has already overshot expectations from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

07 Aug 2014

Savings report finds AE is pushing up pensions

Auto-enrolment is starting to bear fruit but there is still work to be done. Jack Jones reviews some of the main findings from a key pension savings report.

10 Jul 2014

TPAS: ‘Impossible’ to prevent pension scams post-guidance guarantee

Increasing the take-up of the government’s at-retirement guidance will be key in keeping pension savers informed of scams and fraudsters, the chief executive of TPAS says.

13 Jun 2014

Scottish Widows admits to over-complicating AE

Scottish Widows admits it made its approach to auto-enrolment (AE) too complex and that it should have been simpler to administer.

13 Jun 2014

Webb: Auto-escalation could have ‘key role’ in pension saving

Auto-escalation may help increase employee contribution rates in workplace pension schemes, according to pensions minister Steve Webb.

12 Jun 2014

Analysis: The auto-enrolment effect takes hold

The tenth annual Scottish Widows Retirement Report will make welcome reading at Westminster. The survey finds that more people are saving an adequate amount for retirement, and says the improvement can be almost wholly attributed to auto-enrolment.

11 Jun 2014

'Heartening' pension figures see 53% adequately saving - Scottish Widows

The number of savers putting enough money into their pension to secure an adequate retirement is at its highest level since 2009 at 53%, according to Scottish Widows research.

11 Jun 2014

Labour misses chance to address 'band earnings' in AE

Labour’s pledge to reduce the auto-enrolment threshold is a step in the right direction but lower paid employees are still missing out under the ‘band earnings’ rules, according to Scottish Widows.

30 May 2014

Benefits administration: Building on a solid foundation

As technology becomes increasingly important to reward professionals, Owain Thomas examines how platforms can support the benefits role.

20 Dec 2013
Lessons from the errors

Scottish Widows error forces employer to reverse AE payroll

An employer auto-enrolling its staff at the end of November was forced to reverse its payroll after a Scottish Widows error led to last-minute changes in its fee structure.

12 Dec 2013

Employers not supporting workers with caring responsibilities

Two–thirds of employees that juggle caring responsibilities with work feel that their employer does not support these needs, research finds.

22 Nov 2013

Gallagher and Scottish Widows launch SME service

Gallagher Employee Benefits has launched an employee benefits service, GroupSure, with a workplace pension from Scottish Widows, aimed at small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

22 Nov 2013

Gender pension savings gap hits £1,000 per year

Men are putting an average of £1,000 more into pension savings every year than women, according to a Scottish Widows study.

23 Oct 2013

WSB Awards 2013: The Winners

Here it is – the complete list of winners for the inaugural Workplace Savings and Benefits Awards.

11 Oct 2013

Pension scheme performance and charges are key metrics for employers

Employers see investment performance and fund charges as the top two reasons to select a pension scheme.

09 Sep 2013


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