12 June 2012
Standard Life launches auto-enrolment toolkit



Standard Life1 has today launched a toolkit aimed at helping employers and advisers plan for the introduction of auto-enrolment and identify the potential cost impact.

Ann Flynn, Head of Corporate Marketing, Standard Life said: "From our research and discussions with employers it is clear that many are scratching their heads as to how to tackle the implementation of auto-enrolment. They're not entirely sure of the steps they need to take to meet their responsibilities, how much work is involved and importantly, how it will impact their bottom line.

"We have therefore developed a dedicated corporate benefits website which hosts a range of tools, news and videos to support employers and advisers through auto-enrolment and beyond."

The toolkit includes;

Pension Reform Pathfinder tool

An in depth planning tool which will help employers and advisers build up a personalised plan of duties and help establish a scheme to fit their requirements, and comply with auto-enrolment regulation.

Pension Reform Cost calculator

The pension reform cost calculator will help employers and advisers understand the potential cost of auto-enrolment by:

Employer checklist

Gives employers an overview of the key tasks they must carry out in order to fulfil their new duties.

Data exchange guides

The guides will help employers navigate their way through their new duties and understand the impact on their current processes and systems.

Member communications timeline

The timeline gives a clear view of the mandatory member communications that pension reform legislation requires. It shows:

Pension Reform information for employees

A dedicated pension reform website page, aimed at educating employees, has also been created on www.standardlife.co.uk to inform employees about the changes. The site covers everything they need to know from why pension reform is happening to what to do if you don't want to join your company pension scheme. There is also a short video which summarises pension reform and auto-enrolment.

Flynn added: "The cost and infrastructure impact will be a major concern for most businesses so these tools will help form the basis of discussions between advisers, HR teams and Finance Directors.

"With so many employers' staging dates falling in 2013 and 2014, it is crucial that providers support employers and their advisers to help make the transition as painless as possible. Our message to all employers is the sooner you start your planning the better."

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For more information, please contact:

Steve Hartley
PR Manager

Direct: 0131 245 1365
Mobile: 0771 248 6387
Email: steven_hartley@standardlife.com


Notes to Editors

  1. About Standard Life
    Established in 1825, Standard Life is a leading long term savings and investment company, with around six million customers worldwide. By understanding and offering innovative products to meet its customers? needs, Standard Life helps people with their financial planning, so they can feel more confident about the future.

    Standard Life offers a range of individual and group pensions, SIPPs, ISAs, annuities, life assurance, offshore bonds, investment management, wealth management, tax planning and estate management services.

    Standard Life has created a dedicated website for employers, trustees and intermediaries workbenefitszone.com

    Standard Life is headquartered in Edinburgh and employs around 9,000 people across the UK, Canada, Ireland, Germany, Austria, India, USA, Hong Kong and mainland China. At the end of March 2012 the Group had total assets under administration of 206.8bn.

    Standard Life plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and has approximately 1.5 million individual shareholders in over 50 countries around the world.

    Standard Life plc is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI World) in recognition of its performance as one of the world's leading sustainability-driven listed companies.

    Standard Life is proud to support basketball in the UK. It has partnered with British Basketball to sponsor the Standard Life GB Men's, Women's, Under 20 Men's and Under 20 Women's teams and their home games. It has also partnered with British Wheelchair Basketball to sponsor the Standard Life GB Men?s and Women's Wheelchair Basketball Teams and their home games. The GB Men?s and the GB Women's Basketball and Wheelchair Basketball Teams have qualified for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.

    You can follow Standard Life press office (@sl_press) on www.twitter.com/sl_press


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