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The Pensions Regulator

The role of the Pensions Regulator (TPR) is to oversee workplace pension schemes. This includes:

  • protecting the interests of scheme members;
  • promoting good administration; and
  • reducing the risk of claims on the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).

TPR has certain powers to put things right, to help protect members' benefits. These include:

  • issuing improvement notices, which require action to be taken within a certain time;
  • the power to recover unpaid contributions;
  • issuing a 'freezing order', to stop a scheme from winding up;
  • removing trustees it does not consider fit and proper to act as trustees;
  • appointing trustees to a pension scheme, in certain circumstances;
  • imposing fines; and
  • taking cases to the criminal courts.

TPR can also take action if it believes that an employer is deliberately trying to avoid its pension obligations. 

To help pension schemes comply with the law, TPR publishes guidance and codes of practice, giving practical information how pension schemes should be run. 

TRP also oversees automatic enrolment.

Click here for more information about automatic enrolment

If you are concerned about the way your employer is managing your workplace pension scheme or dealing with automatic enrolment, you can contact TPR.

To visit TPR's website, go to www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk.

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