Women are likely to struggle in old age as a “part-time pensions penalty’ means they will be £106,000 worse off than men at retirement, a report has warned. Working fewer hours, either to raise a family or care for elderly parents, results in a 47% reduction in women’s pension wealth compared with men by their late 50s.
Despite the relatively benign economic impact to date the impact of Britain’s decision to leave the EU has had a big impact on uncertainty among businesses. Add that to a mix of higher costs, weak domestic growth and lacklustre consumer demand and it’s clear that optimism has been dampened among British small businesses.
Barely two months after the last small businesses moved into the auto-enrolment pensions regime, the clock is now ticking to a big increase in the cost of the scheme. From 6 April, the first day of the 2018-2019 tax year, the minimum contribution employers must make to the pension pots of their employees will double from 1% of pensionable pay to 2% (pensions planning).