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Guidance and support

On this page you can find details of the guidance and support available from ICAEW, the Pensions Regulator and the government, including helpsheets, guides and articles addressing areas of concern.

Regulation changes

New regulations for auto-enrolment came into force on 1 April 2015, reducing the administrative burden for business.

Business adviser's guide

This step-by-step guide from the Pensions Regulator shows how you can help your clients with their automatic enrolment duties.

Help from the Pensions Regulator

The Pensions Regulator is the body which regulates work-based pension schemes in the UK. 

The TPR website features a step-by-step employers duties tool to guide employers through the auto enrolment process, information on re-enrolment for employers and advice on choosing a pension scheme. A list of pension schemes available to small employers and COVID-19 guidance for employers is also available.

Employers should keep their contact details to receive letters and emails from TPR up-to-date using TPR's 'Nominate a contact' form.

YouTube channel and extensive document library are provided with resources on the new employer duties, including guides, consultations, codes of practice and forms.

Updates from ICAEW and the Pensions Regulator

Regularly updated common Questions and answers for business advisers, covering a wide variety of auto-enrolment topics, are also available on our Introduction to auto-enrolment for business advisers page.


Automatic enrolment in workplace pensions policy updates
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) listing of the latest government guidance, consultations, press releases and research documents on workplace pension reform. The Department publishes annual Workplace pension participation and saving trends statistics evaluating how workplace pension membership and contributions have been affected since auto-enrolment began.

Workplace pensions
Government information for employees, covering the basics of joining a workplace pension, pension protection, managing your pension and getting help.

Workplace pensions: employers' obligations
Government information for businesses, explaining how automatic enrolment will affect their workers.


NEST Connect
Online hub for professionals who are offering auto enrolment services to employers using NEST.

Bloomsbury Core Accounting and Tax Service

Eligible firms have free access to Bloomsbury Professional's comprehensive online library, comprising more than 60 titles from some of the country's leading tax and accounting subject matter experts. Find out who is eligible and how you can access the Core Accounting and Tax Service.


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Robert West, Douglas Sleziak Accountants Legal Service November 2021

A chapter on pensions law, with information on occupational pension schemes, scheme-specific funding, equal treatment in pensions, disclosure of information, contracting-out, trustees' annual report and accounts, pan-European pensions, personal pension schemes, state pensions, stakeholder pensions, auto-enrolment, the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) and master trust schemes.

Automatic enrolment including NEST

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Ben Hancock, Helen Hargreaves, Tim Kelsey, Mike Nicholas, Kate Upcraft, Val Woodland Payroll Management November 2021

Written for payroll managers, this chapter provides an overview of automatic enrolment in relation to payroll management. It includes information on the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST).

Pensions law handbook

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CMS Pensions Team Pensions Law Handbook 2021 15th edition

Provides guidance through the complex web of UK pensions-related statutes, regulations, regulatory guidance and case law, in an accessible style. Includes chapters on pensions provision in the UK, trustees, employment issues, pensions and divorce, discrimination, investment, funding, winding up, governance of defined contribution schemes and automatic enrolment, pensions dispute resolution and taxation of registered schemes.

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Articles and books in the Library collection

The ICAEW Library & Information Service includes a collection of print and online articles and books for pensions auto-enrolment that can support your work. Click on the links below to see our catalogue record and holdings for each item. 

We can also supply a variety of model documents, including example engagement letters and disclosure checklists, through our document supply service

Selected titles

Autoenrolment eBook
Camilla Barry (ICSA, 2013)
A guide to auto-enrolment legislation, written for company secretaries and employers, although employees, trustees and others involved in pensions’ administration will also find it useful. This eBook is available for download by ICAEW members and ACA students. 

Pensions law handbook
J.Bell (Bloomsbury, 2019)
A guide to all aspects of pensions law and practice in the UK, including auto-enrolment.

Pensions auto-enrolment made easy
D.Strange (Indicator, 2014)
Chapters cover: the pension regulator's role; auto-enrolment basics; timing your auto-enrolment; employee categories; employee rights to opt in and out of a workplace pension; postponement or waiting periods; pension schemes; contributions; investment options; calculating earnings for auto-enrolment; tax relief on contributions; employer compliance; auto-enrolment management; prohibited actions; example scenarios; and pension scheme providers.

Further titles

You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post or email through our document supply service.

To find out how you can borrow books from the Library please see our guide to book loans.

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