Pensions

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on pensions. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

DateDescription
03.02.2015Firefighters pension schemes - current reforms
Looks at the current debate on reforms to firefighters' pensions
02.02.2015Armed forces pensions - 2010 onwards
Looks at the new Armed Forces Pension Scheme 2015
19.01.2015State Pension Uprating - 2010 onwards
Looks at the current policy on uprating the State Pension and Pension Credit
16.01.2015The new 'single tier' State Pension
Looks at the new 'single-tier' state pension to be introduced for future pensioners from 6 April 2016
09.01.2015Pensions: Automatic enrolment - 2010 onwards
The Workplace pension reforms started to be introduced from 2012. Under the reforms, employers are required to automatically enrol workers into a qualifying pension scheme and, unless the worker opts out, make minimum contributions.

Research Papers

DateDescription
23.10.2014Taxation of Pensions Bill 2014-15
21.08.2014Pension Schemes Bill
Research Paper for Second Reading of Pension Schemes Bill 2014/15
12.06.2013Pensions Bill
This paper has been prepared for Second Reading of the Pensions Bill on 17 June 2013
29.11.2012Public Service Pensions Bill: Committee Stage Report
This is a report on the Public Bill Committee stage of the Public Service Pensions Bill. It is designed to complement Research Paper RP 12/57, which covers in more detail the background to the Bill.
16.10.2012Public Service Pensions Bill [Bill 70 of 2012/13]
The Public Service Pensions Bill would establish a framework enabling the Government to introduce new public service pension schemes.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
11.05.2011The impact of the 2007-08 changes to public service pensions.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
14.10.2009Tackling pensioner poverty.
Government response. Department for Work and Pensions; Work and Pensions Select Committee report [Commons]
15.07.2009Tackling pensioner poverty.
Work and Pensions Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
23.01.2012SCOTTISH & NEWCASTLE PENSION PLAN
That this House notes the acquisition in 2008 of the brewers ScottishNewcastle by Heineken NV; further notes the commitment made by Heineken at that time to provide RPI increases, up ...
12.01.2012HIDDEN COSTS IN PENSION AND SAVING FUNDS
That this House notes with concern the presentation to HM Treasury by Dr Christopher Sier, a former consultant to investment managers, and David Norman, formerly Chief Executive of ...
01.11.2011BANKRUPTCY OF ALLIED STEEL AND WIRE
That this House notes the bankruptcy of Allied Steel Wire (ASW) in 2002 and the deficits of its company pension schemes; recognises the dedicated campaign of John Benson, Denis Kelleher ...
11.10.2011PUBLIC SECTOR PENSIONS (No.3)
That this House notes that proposals by Government Ministers run the serious risk of making public sector pension schemes unsustainable; further notes that increasing contributions ...
14.09.2011INDUSTRIAL ACTION OVER PENSIONS
That this House expresses its concern that the Government is refusing to engage in meaningful negotiations with the trade unions on the future of public sector pensions and appears ...

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
26.11.2013Pensions Bill (HL Bill 55 of 2013-14)
This Note provides background reading on the Pensions Bill, which is due to have its second reading in the House of Lords on 3 December 2013.
14.12.2012Public Service Pensions Bill (HL Bill 67 of 2012-13)
The Public Service Pensions Bill sets out new arrangements for the creation of schemes for the payment of pensions and other benefits. This Library Note provides background information for the second reading of the Bill in the House of Lords on 19 December 2012.
09.02.2011Pensions Bill [HL] (HL Bill 37 of 2010-11)
This Library Note provides background information in advance of the Pensions Bill's second reading in the House of Lords.
21.10.2010Superannuation Bill (HL Bill 22 of session 2010-11). LLN 2010/025
Superannuation Bill. House of Lords Library Note 2010/025

Glossary

  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses