The review of automatic enrolment (AE) in 2017 is an opportunity to think more strategically about pensions says Tim Sharp.
Speaking to PP, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) policy officer argued ensuring short-term shocks do not blow AE off course is critical.
These could include weakness in the economy and a desire from the Treasury to raid pensions for revenue.
Sharp (pictured above) said: "Having a long term vision of where you want to go with a policy so it can withstand the buffeting of events is important. There are going to be arguments about ‘now is not the time to raise contributions levels because of the weakness in the environment'."
However, a "proper and robust" discussion is needed to entrench the achievements of AE going forward, he added.
On 27 July, The Pensions Regulator (TPR) revealed it significantly increased the use of its formal powers to ensure small and micro employers comply with their AE obligations.
The watchdog's interventions between April 2015 and March 2016 increased by 306% since the previous year, using its formal powers 8,812 times in the period, according to its annual commentary and analysis.
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