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TPR embeds its clear, quick and tough culture during a year of change

Ref: PN19-31

Issued: Thursday 18 July 2019

The Pensions Regulator publishes its Annual Report and Accounts for 2018-19

During a year of change across the pension landscape, The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has maintained and strengthened its clear, quick and tough approach.

Its 2018-19 Annual Report and Accounts, published today, highlights actions taken during the year, which included:

  • use of frontline powers jumped a third (32%)
  • cases increased by a quarter (24%)
  • trustee appointment powers were used 593 times, up 11% on last year
  • an increase of more than a third (37%) of fines issued for automatic enrolment non-compliance (49,032)

Chairman Mark Boyle said: “A year of growth and change has seen our clearer, quicker, tougher regulatory approach become central to our everyday work and regulatory actions.

“We are already undertaking twice as many proactive interventions thanks to our one-to-one supervision approach. We are supporting the 14 million savers in master trusts as the trusts go through the new authorisation process which we helped to set up.

“I’m proud of the role TPR has played in ensuring that for so many people, saving more for retirement is now business as usual. During the past year we saw the ten millionth saver automatically enrolled into a pension while rising contribution rates did not result in the opt outs some had predicted.”

New Chief Executive Charles Counsell commented: “Our new ways of working ensure we have better oversight of those we regulate, improved identification of risks and a sharper focus on how best to use our powers.

“In the past 12 months we have used our new approaches to address, deter and punish inappropriate and dishonest activity. Results include our first prosecution for fraud, our first custodial sentence and the courts handing down the largest ever fine following a TPR prosecution.”

The publication reports how TPR met 18 of the 22 key performance indicators (KPIs) it set itself for the year.

Of the four KPIs missed, two were due to TPR refocusing its resources during the year to new ways of working which resulted in them being replaced with new activity. This new regulatory approach included building one-to-one relationships with larger schemes and increased targeted communications to monitor how schemes are being treated.

The other two missed KPIs regarded staff engagement and development and reflects TPR’s significant organisational change. Plans are already in place to address these areas.

Notes for editors

  1. For more information about TPR’s new regulatory approach please see the press release it issued in May about its Corporate Plan for 2019-22.
  2. TPR is the regulator of work-based pension schemes in the UK. Our statutory objectives are: to protect members’ benefits; to reduce the risk of calls on the Pension Protection Fund (PPF); to promote, and to improve understanding of, the good administration of work-based pension schemes; to maximise employer compliance with automatic enrolment duties; and to minimise any adverse impact on the sustainable growth of an employer (in relation to the exercise of TPR’s functions under Part 3 of the Pensions Act 2004 only).

Press contacts

David Morley

Media Officer (DB)
01273 662091

James Glover

Senior Media Officer
01273 662098

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