By Daniel Hunter

New legislation to ban consultancy charges in automatic enrolment schemes came into force over the weekend.

Steve Webb, Minister for Pensions, has signed new regulations into law to give greater protection to pension scheme members.

In May the government announced the results of its review of consultancy charges and its intention to act to crack down on inappropriate charges.

"My job is to make sure people get better pensions. So when people put hard-earned cash into a pension I am determined to make sure it doesn’t get gobbled up by charges. This ban will make the system fairer for anyone being automatically enrolled into a workplace pension," Minister for Pensions Steve Webb said.

The new law affects defined contribution schemes qualifying for automatic enrolment. It means an employer cannot receive advice under an agreement with a third party, other than a trustee, provider or scheme manager, and pay for that advice out of the members’ pension pots or contributions.

The government will also consult in the autumn over whether it should extend the ban to cover a small number of schemes which already had an agreement in place before 10 May — when the Minister announced that he intended to ban consultancy charges.

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