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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.



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: Christmas Card Competition a great success

This year, I once again launched my annual Crawley Christmas card competition, writing to every primary school in town inviting local pupils to submit a design to adorn my official MP Christmas card.



Whenever I visit Crawley schools it’s always fantastic to see the range of artworks on display, and this wonderful quality has been shown again in the entries I’ve received in this year’s card competition.

It’s clear that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Crawley! The entries have really captured the feeling and spirit of the festive season; from vivid drawings of Father Christmas and his sleigh, to Christmas trees and snowmen.

It was extremely difficult to select a winner and the runners-up, and I look forward to congratulating them in person to thank them for their efforts in the coming weeks.

As a token of my gratitude I’ll be taking the winner, runners-up and their families on a personal tour of the Houses of Parliament.

I would like to thank every child that took the time to send me their card design, and wish them and their families a very Merry Christmas!

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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