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Henry Smith MP: Workplace pension saving is ‘the new normal’

Crawley MP Henry Smith, welcomes the ‘new normal’ for workplace saving as new figures show over 9 million more people are now saving for retirement.

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New figures reveal that some 47,000 additional people in Crawley are now saving more for their retirement.

Crawley MP Henry Smith,  has welcomed new figures showing that, due to changes to workplace pensions, over 9 million more people are now saving for retirement. These figures also show that 128,250 more people in work in south east England are now saving for a life after work.

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Auto-enrolment was introduced so that more workers can save for retirement, while ensuring that workers can afford these changes.

The latest research demonstrates that workplace pensions have become the ‘new normal’, while small businesses found a pension scheme for their workers to be ‘necessary’ and ‘sensible’.

Henry said:

“By introducing automatic enrolment, the way people save for retirement is being transformed.

“That means more families can plan for the long-term with the security of a pension.

“For a whole generation, workplace pension saving is now the new normal, but there’s more to do to help more people than ever before build an enjoyable and secure retirement.

“I’m pleased Crawley is playing its part nationally with The People’s Pension head office based in Manor Royal.”

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Henry Smith MP: Celebrating the Crawley Town Community Foundation

In his article this week Crawley MPp Hnery Smith hails the CTCF

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Earlier this year I was delighted to hail the contribution to our local area of Crawley Town Community Foundation.

Their mission statement is ‘to engage, inspire and empower people through sport and football’ and is something which is being done right across town.

This includes delivery of National Citizen Service for 15 to 17 year olds – which I have been pleased to speak about in the House of Commons and present awards to young people participating at Broadfield Stadium – in addition to football training sessions and the Premier League Primary Stars programme for school pupils, higher education through the BTEC National Diploma in Sport, and walking football for the over 50s; the Community Foundation’s work serves different ages and backgrounds.

From this September, the Community Foundation will be offering a two year Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching & Development. The course is designed for anyone seeking to achieve a university degree while gaining experience for a career in the football industry.

The programme is being delivered in partnership with the University of South Wales, and all students will be enrolled as a student at that university. All lectures, seminars and tutorials are delivered in a supportive and inspirational club environment through online material.

On a separate note, as September comes to a close we are approaching the end of Blood Cancer Awareness Month. As Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blood Cancer I have heard a number of accounts of how Macmillan Cancer Support nurses help people beating and living with cancer. Given the charity’s work I am grateful to Crawley Town Football Club for holding a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September, from 9am to 1pm in Redz Bar at Broadfield Stadium.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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