Pensions

All Standard Notes
141 Documents
DateDescription
30.09.2014Flexibility for DC pension savers from April 2015
Looks at the announcement in Budget 2014 that from April 2015 people with savings in a defined contribution scheme aged 55 or over would be able to choose when and how to access their pension saving, subject to their marginal rate of income tax
23.09.2014Improving outcomes for DC pension savers
Discusses proposals to improve outcomes for savers in defined contribution (DC) pension schemes
23.09.2014Regulation of work-based DC pension schemes
Looks at the regulatory framework for DC pension schemes
23.09.2014Pensions and pensioners' incomes: Social Indicators page
A summary of trends in pensioners' incomes.
22.09.2014Gurkha Pensions
This note looks at the development of pension arrangements for Gurkhas
22.09.2014Defined ambition pension schemes
Looks at the development of proposals for 'defined ambition' pensions, provision for which is in the Pension Schemes Bill 2014/15
11.09.2014State Pension age 2012 onwards
This note looks at the debate on the State Pension age from 2012 onwards
11.09.2014Single-tier state pension
This notes look at the Government's proposals to introduce a single-tier state pension for future pensioners from April 2016
09.09.2014Public service pensions - the employer cost cap
Looks at the 'employer cost cap' introduced under the Public Service Pensions Act 2013 to control unexpected increases in
02.09.2014Police pensions - background
This note provides an overview of the development of the current police pension schemes
02.09.2014Police pensions - current reforms
Looks at current reforms to police pensions
08.08.2014Pension lump sums
Looks at the lump sum payments that can be made from a private pension, such as the tax-free lump sum and the rules for small pots
16.07.2014War widows' pensions
Looks at the effect of remarriage or cohabitation on war widows' pensions
10.07.2014Pensions: civil partnerships and same sex marriages
This note looks at the way in which forming a civil partnership affects rights to state, occupational and personal pensions and at the relevant provisions in the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013
04.07.2014Firefighters pension schemes - current reforms
Looks at the current debate on reforms to firefighters' pensions
04.07.2014Teachers' Pension Schemes- current reforms
Looks at current reforms to teachers pensions
20.06.2014Civil service pensions - current reforms
Looks at current reforms to civil service pensions
17.06.2014Implications for pensions of Scotland becoming independent
Discussed the implications for pensions in the continuing UK in the event of Scotland becoming an independent country
12.06.2014TUPE and Pensions
This note covers the development of measures to protect occupational pensions on transfer of employment, including the 'Fair Deal' policy covering transfers from the public sector
10.06.2014Armed Forces Pension Scheme legacy issues - survivors' benefits
Looks at changes in survivors benefits from the armed forces pension schemes
23.05.2014Pensions: income drawdown
Looks at the development of income drawdown arrangements as an alternative to buying an annuity
23.05.2014Pensions: annuities
Provides an overview of the options available to people intending to purchase an annuity on retirement
19.05.2014Guaranteed Minimum Pension - annual increases
Between 1978 and 1997, contracted-out defined benefit pension schemes were required to provide a Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP). This note provides a brief overview of the requirements for annually increasing the GMP.
15.05.2014Armed Forces Pension Scheme and preserved pensions
Armed Forces Pension Scheme and preserved pensions
15.05.2014People from abroad: what benefits can they claim?
This note gives a broad overview of the rules on access to benefits and tax credits for people coming to the UK from abroad. It describes the situation for asylum seekers, nationals from European Economic Area (EEA) countries, and non-EEA nationals.
07.05.2014Frozen Overseas Pensions
Looks at why the UK state pension is not uprated in some overseas countries, the debates on this policy and the recent legal challenge.
23.04.2014Restricting pension tax relief
Looks at recent measures to restrict pension tax relief
08.04.2014Pensions: the statutory override and 'protected persons'
Discusses the Government's consultation on whether to allow a limited 'statutory override' of pension protection arrangements put in place in some denationalised industries in the 1990s
04.04.2014Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme for councillors in England
Looks at the provisions to allow councillors access to the Local Government Pension Scheme from 2003 and the removal of this for councillors in England from April 2014
26.03.2014State Pension Uprating - 2010 onwards
Looks at the current policy on uprating the State Pension and Pension Credit
23.03.2014Budget 2014: a summary
Budget 2014 and Office for Budget Responsibility forecasts: a summary. Includes overview along with analysis of forecasts and changes to pensions and savings, the welfare cap and the treatment of disputed tax.
18.03.2014Pensions Bill 2013-14 - House of Lords stages
Covers debates on the Pensions Bill in the House of Lords
14.03.2014Pension scheme charges
Looks at pension scheme charges, their impact and the regulatory framework
14.03.2014Single-tier State Pension - women born between 1951 and 1953
This note looks at the arguments regarding those women born between April 1951 and 1953 who are expected not to be eligible for the Government's proposed Single-tier State Pension, although a man born on the same date may be.
07.03.2014Pensions of ministers and senior office holders
This note looks at the pension arrangements for ministers and senior office holders, such as the Prime Minister, Lord Chancellor and Speaker of the House of Commons.
05.03.2014Pensions: 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.
03.03.2014Single-tier State Pension - contribution conditions
Looks at the contribution conditions for the single-tier State Pension to be introduced for future pensioners from 6 April 2016
13.02.20142014 Benefit Uprating
State pension, benefits and tax credits increase in April 2014 - how are the new rates are calculated and which benefits are restricted to a 1% increase?
13.02.2014Basic State Pension - contribution conditions
This note covers the contribution conditions for the basic State Pension
17.01.2014Married women and state pensions
This note looks at how married women can build state pension entitlement and the option to pay reduced rate National Insurance Contributions until 1977.
16.12.2013MPs' Pension Scheme - 2012 onwards
This note provides an overview of MPs' pensions and current proposals for reform. Further detail on the background can be found in SN 01844 MPs Pension Scheme - background
27.11.2013Pensions Bill 2013-14 - House of Commons stages
Looks at provisions in the Pensions Bill 2013/14 and will follow its progress through Parliament.
26.11.2013Sources of social statistics: social security and pensions
A brief guide to sources of statistics on benefits and pensions.
22.11.2013Historical Rates of Social Security benefits
This note sets out the historical rates for the major social security benefits since the introduction of the modern welfare state in 1948.
11.11.2013Winter Fuel Payments: people in residential care
People in residential care who receive Pension Credit do not qualify for the Winter Fuel Payment. Other care home residents receive half the full rate (100, or 150 for people aged 80 or over). This note describes the rules as they apply to people in care homes, and explains the rationale behind them.
11.11.2013Cold Weather Payments for winter 2013/2014
Cold Weather Payments are made from the Social Fund to certain recipients of Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit or Pension Credit during periods of very cold weather.
01.11.2013Winter Fuel Payments update
The Winter Fuel Payment is a tax-free annual payment to help older people meet the cost of their winter fuel bills. The 'standard' rates are 200 per eligible household where the oldest person is under 80, and 300 for households containing a person aged 80 or over.
25.10.2013Civil service pensions - reforms to 2010
Provides an overview of the development of the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme to 2010
23.10.2013Pension Credit: assessed income periods
Background to the abolition of "assessed income periods" in Pension Credit announced in Spending Review 2013
17.10.2013National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) - background
This note outlines the development of proposals for NEST (a national, low cost pension scheme aimed at low to moderate earners)
17.10.2013National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) - 2012 onwards
Looks at the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST), a low cost pension saving scheme, which started operations in July 2012
26.09.2013Carer's Allowance and the Retirement Pension
Carer's Allowance cannot be paid in addition to the Retirement Pension because of the "overlapping benefits" rule. This note looks at the rationale for this rule, and at the positions of both the current Government and the previous Labour Government on payment of Carer's Allowance to people over State Pension Age.
20.09.2013Teachers' Pension Scheme - background
This note looks at the development of the Teachers' Pension Scheme
15.08.2013Firefighters Pension Schemes -background
This note covers the development of the Firefighters' Pension Schemes and current reform issues
18.07.2013Royal Mail Pension Plan
This note looks at the development of the Royal Mail Pension Plan and the Government's decision to take responsibility for its historic deficit.
18.07.2013Pensioner benefits
Looks at the main benefits available to pensioners, in addition to the State Pension.
12.07.2013Short Term Benefit Advances and Budgeting Advances
From 1 April 2013, a new advance of benefit facility administered by DWP replaced Social Fund Budgeting Loans, interim payments of benefits and "alignment payments". This note gives details of the new system of Short Term Benefit Advances and Budgeting Advances.
24.06.2013Financial Assistance Scheme, 2008 -
This note provides a brief overview of the development of the Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS) and its current provisions.
28.05.2013Support for Mortgage Interest scheme
Help with mortgage costs is available to claimants of certain means-tested benefits for people not in full-time work. The schemes are collectively known as Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI). Payments are made towards mortgage interest payments and are generally made direct to lenders.
15.05.2013State pension: 25 pence age addition
Looks at the 25 pence age addition paid to recipients of the state pension age 80 and over
29.04.2013Public Service Pensions Bill - Lords stages
A guide to main issues of debate on the Bill in the House of Lords
25.04.2013Self Invested Personal Pension Schemes (SIPPS)
Looks at some of the issues raised in connection with SIPPS, such as the restrictions on investments and the regulatory framework.
20.03.2013The Pensions Regulator: Powers to protect pension benefits
This note looks at the powers of the Pensions Regulator's powers to protect pension scheme benefits.
20.03.2013Pension scheme funding requirements
This note covers the main measures of pension scheme funding, the reviews leading up to the introduction of the scheme specific funding requirements; the key elements of the requirements; TPR's approach to regulating scheme funding and current proposals for reform.
15.03.2013Public service pension age
This note looks at proposals to increase the normal pension age in public service pension schemes
15.03.2013Public service pension age - 2010 onwards
Looks at the proposed changes to the normal pension age as part of the current Government's reforms to public service pensions
04.03.2013Viral emails protesting about financial assistance for "illegal immigrants/refugees living in Britain"
A viral email claims that "illegal immigrants/refugees living in Britain" receive significantly more financial assistance from the Government than UK pensioners. The email originates from abroad and the figures quoted do not reflect the true situation in the United Kingdom.
12.02.2013Public Service Pensions Bill 2012/13: devolved administrations
Looks at the extent to which the Public Service Pensions Bill 2012 applies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
07.02.2013State Pension age - background
Looks at changes in the State Pension age up to and including the Pensions Act 2011
22.01.2013State Pension Reform
Looks at proposals to introduce a single-tier flat-rate State Pension
10.01.2013State Second Pension
This note outlines the development of the State Second Pension
10.01.2013MPs Pension Scheme - background
This note provides background on the pension scheme for MPs - the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund - and its development to 2011. The current debate on reform of the scheme is covered in SN 6283 MPs pensions - 2012 onwards
19.12.20122013 Benefit Uprating
State pension, benefits and tax credits increase in April 2013 - this note sets out how the new rates are calculated
26.10.2012Public service pension reform - 2010 onwards
This notes looks at the current review of public service pensions and the context in which it is taking place
25.10.2012Cold Weather Payments for winter 2012/2013
Cold Weather Payments of 25 pounds a week are made to certain recipients of Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance or Pension Credit during periods of very cold weather. To 'trigger' the payments, the average temperature at a specified weather station must be recorded as, or forecast to be, zero degrees or below for seven consecutive days.
18.10.2012NHS Pension Scheme
This note looks at the development of the NHS Pension Scheme and proposals for reform
12.09.2012Pensions: Automatic enrolment - background
Under the workplace pension reforms, employers will be required to automatically enrol jobholders into, and to contribute to, a qualifying work place pension scheme.
31.08.2012Pension Payday
This note looks at why the State Pension is paid from the first payday after an individual reaches State Pension age
24.08.2012Winter Fuel Payments for 'off-gas grid' households
Four million (15% of) households in the UK are not connected to the mains gas grid and their average fuel costs are signifiantly higher than those with a mains gas supply. A Private Members Bill presented by Mike Weir MP aims to help older off-grid households by bringing forward the timing of Winter Fuel Payments to enable them to purchase fuel at a time of year when prices are likely to be lower.
23.08.2012Inherited SERPS
Looks at inherited SERPS provisions, including the reduction in the proportion that can be inherited from 2002
21.08.2012Public service pensions - background
Includes facts and figures on public service pensions and looks at how costs are measured
26.07.2012Pension Protection Fund
This note provides an outline of the PPF and discusses some of the challenges facing it
25.07.2012Local Government Pension Scheme, 2010 onwards
This note provides a summary of recent reforms to the LGPS and the debate around future reforms
19.06.2012Armed Forces pensions - 2011 onwards
Provides an over view of armed forces pensions and current reform issues
01.06.2012Occupational pensions: survivors benefits for cohabitants
This note sets out the legal framework providing for payment of a survivor's pension to the partner of a scheme member, where that person was neither married or in a civil partnership.
01.06.2012Local Government Pension Scheme: 2008 reforms
This note looks at reforms introduced to the Local Government Pension Scheme in April 2008. The current debate on further reforms to the scheme is in SN 5823 Local Government Pension Scheme - 2010 onwards
04.05.2012Public service pension increases
Covers arrangements for uprating public service pensions.
30.04.2012Public service pension contributions
Looks at current proposals to increase employee contributions to public service pension schemes
22.02.2012Occupational pension increases
Looks at the minimum requirements on private sector Defined Benefit occupational pension schemes to index and revalue pension benefits
15.02.2012Tax and private pensions
This note provides a general overview of the tax treatment of private pensions and current reform proposals.
10.02.2012Population ageing: statistics
Population ageing: statistics. By Tom Rutherford. SN/SG/3228.
06.02.2012Pension sharing on divorce
This note looks at the introduction of provisions allowing pension sharing on divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership and at some recent changes to the rules.
23.12.20112012 Benefit Uprating
Sets out the basis for the uprating of benefits and tax credits in the 2012-13 financial year.
21.12.2011Public service pension schemes - cost capping and sharing
This note looks at the mechanisms introduced as part of reforms to the four large public service pension schemes in 2007-08 to cap the contributions made by employers, thereby limiting the liability of the taxpayer. The current Government has decided to replace this policy with employee contribution increases.
05.12.2011Uprating of social security benefits
Most but not all benefits are uprated in April each year, by reference to the increase in prices over the year to the previous September. The current Government has adopted the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) as the measure of inflation for uprating purposes. CPI tends to rise more slowly than the measures used. previously. The CPI for September 2011 was higher than expected, and media reports have suggested that the Government was considering changing the basis for uprating benefits. In the Autumn Statement the Chancellor announced that while benefits would increase by the full CPI from April 2011, the couple and lone parent elements of Working Tax Credit would be frozen and the child element of Child Tax Credit would increase by less than was planned.
28.11.2011The CPI - uprating benefits and pensions
Article discussion the implications of the June 2010 Budget Coalition Government announcement that the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) would be used to uprate benefits, and state pensions, including public service pensions.
22.11.2011Pension Credit
This note looks at how Pension Credit works and some of the main issues raised in connection with it.
03.11.2011Pensions Bill 2011 - final stages
Section 1 of the Pensions Act 2011 will accelerate the increase in the State Pension age to 66. The amended the Bill in its final stages to cap the maximum increase in women's State Pension age at 18 months relative to the previously legislated timetable. This note also looks at this and other Government amendments to the Bill in its final stages. It complements and updates Library Research Paper 11/68 Pensions Bill: Commitee Stage Report.
26.08.2011Welfare Reform Bill 2010-12: Commons Report Stage and Third Reading
The Commons Report Stage and Third Reading of the Welfare Reform Bill took place on 13 and 15 June. Amendments relating to the Universal Credit, housing support, the Social Fund and the Personal Independence Payment were debated, but other groups of amendments -including those on Employment and Support Allowance changes and the benefit cap - were not discussed as proceedings on each day reached the deadlines specified in the programme motion before they could be considered.
22.06.2011Pension Credit statistics
Pension Credit Statistics. By Tom Rutherford. SN/SG/2756.
07.06.2011Benefit and tax credit recipients by local area
Latest benefit and tax credit recipient numbers by local authority, focusing on benefits affected by changes in 2010 Budget
23.03.2011Contracting out of the State Second Pension
This note outlines the arrangements for contracting out of the State Second Pension
04.03.2011Armed forces pension reform,1995 - 2005
Covers the reform process which lead up to the introduction of Armed Forces Pension Scheme 2005
31.01.2011Pension age: occupational and personal pensions
Looks at the pension age for occupational and personal pension schemes
05.01.2011Support for Mortgage Interest: the standard rate from 1 October 2010
The Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) scheme provides help with mortgage interest payments for claimants of certain means-tested benefits. From 1 October 2010 the standard interest rate used to calculate SMI payments was cut from 6.08 per cent to 3.63 per cent. This note looks at the background to the change and at the issues it raises.
23.12.2010Cold Weather Payments for winter 2010/2011
Cold Weather Payments are made to certain claimants of means-tested benefits during periods of very cold weather. To trigger the £25 payments, the average temperature in an area must be recorded as, or forecast to be, 0°C or below for seven consecutive days.
20.12.20102011 Benefit Uprating
From April 2011 rates of many benefits and Tax Credits will increase; this will mainly be in line with the 3.1% annual increase in the CPI to September 2010. Exceptionally, this year the basic state retirement pension will be increased by the 4.6%. The Government is committed to a "triple lock" for uprating the basic state pension, which means in future it will be increased by the highest of the increase in earnings, prices (as reflected in the CPI increase) or 2.5%. This year, to ensure the basic state pension is in line with the previous uprating rules, the increase in the RPI is being used. There is a requirement for Pension Credit to be increased in line with earnings. However, to ensure the least well-off pensioners benefit from the triple guarantee, the standard minimum income guarantee in Pension Credit will increase in April 2011 by the cash rise in a full basic State Pension. This note sets out the basis for the April 2011 uprating. It focuses on the Retirement Pension and Pension Credit but also contains a summary of the main benefit and tax credit rates before and after the uprating. Child Benefit is frozen until April 2014.
24.11.2010Public service pension reform - 1997-2010
This note looks at the main reforms to public service pensions from 1997 up until the 2010 general election
03.09.2010Civil Service Compensation Scheme
This note covers reforms to the scheme providing compensation to civil servants made redundant.
20.07.2010Pension uprating - background
This note explains the development of the uprating arrangements for the State Pension and Pension Credit.
28.06.2010Deferred Retirement Increments
Looks at the provisions for people to defer claiming their state pension, in return for which they can receive a higher weekly pension or lump sum
31.03.2010Mineworkers' pensions
Covers the arrangements made for mineworkers' pensions following privatisation of British Coal in 1994.
11.03.2010State Second Pension: Contracted out deductions
This note looks at the interaction between contracted-out pensions and the state pension
25.02.20102010 Benefit Uprating
From April 2010 rates of many benefits and Tax Credits will change, mostly they will increase by one of three factors: +2.5% Basic State Pension +1.8% Standard minimum guarantee Pension Credit, Income Support, Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit +1.5% Attendance Allowance, Carer's Allowance, Child Benefit, Disability Living Allowance, Working & Child Tax Credits The 1.5% increase is being paid by "bringing forward" a proportion of the increase expected in April 2011. Next year, any increase over 1.5% will be paid in the usual way. For some benefits there is to be no increase in April 2010. For example, pensions on top of the basic state pension (additional pension, increments to the pension, Graduated Retirement Benefit) and dependency increases will remain at the same rates. This note sets out the basis for the April 2010 uprating of the main social security benefits. It focuses on the Retirement Pension and Pension Credit but also contains a summary of the main benefit and tax credit rates before and after the uprating.
25.01.2010Support for domestic energy users
This note sets out financial support available to domestic energy consumers, including grants for central heating, insulation, microgeneration equipment and social security measures. It also explains how to seek advice or information about gas and electricity problems from Consumer Direct and the Energy Ombudsman.
22.01.2010Cold Weather Payments
Cold Weather Payments. By Steven Kennedy. SN/SP/696.
23.09.2009Deregulatory Review of Private Pensions
Outlines review recommendations and subsequent policy changes.
20.08.2009Local government pension scheme: 85 year rule
Covers the abolition of the rule of 85 in the Local Government Pension Scheme and the transitional protection arrangements
17.07.2009Public sector pension overpayments
Looks at the announcement on 16 December 2008 regarding overpayments to some members of public sector pension schemes
02.07.2009Bankers' Pensions (Limits) Bill
Looks at a Private Member's Bill which would enable limits to be placed on the occupational pension entitlement of the director of a bank which has been taken wholly or partly into public ownership.
25.06.2009Railways pension scheme (RPS)
This note looks at the development of the Railways Pension Scheme set up in 1994 following the privatisation of British Rail
16.06.2009Executive Remuneration in UK Banking
This standard note provides an overview of executive compensation in seven of the UK's largest banks. It examines the composition of executive remuneration with a focus on the payment of bonuses and the circumstances in which they are paid
24.04.2009What happens when prices fall?
Inflation as measured by the RPI was -0.3% in March 2009, the first time it has been negative since 1960. It is likely to continue to be negative for some months to come in 2009 with possible consequences for pensions, benefits and taxes.
09.03.2009Defined Benefit pension schemes
Looks at factors influencing trends in Defined Benefit pensions schemes and recent policy initiatives.
15.12.20082009 Benefit Uprating
Sets out the basis for the uprating of benefits and tax credits in 2009
11.12.2008Pension tax simplification
Covers development of "pension tax simplification" rules introduced by Finance Act 2004. Updated to include Pre-Budget 2008 announcement.
27.11.2008Carers and Pensions
This note looks at how time out of the labour market is credited for state pension purposes (and how this is changing); carers' benefits for people of pension age; and some recent private pension reforms including the recent change regarding class 3 National Insurance Contributions.
23.10.2008Minimum Funding Requirement
12.08.2008Old Age Pensions Act 1908
This note provides a brief overview of the introduction of the first state pensions and subsequent developments
14.05.2008Financial Assistance Scheme - developments to 2007
Financial Assistance Scheme - developments to 2007
11.12.2007Pensions - international comparisons
Pensions - international comparisons. By Richard Cracknell. SN/SG/290.
06.12.20072008 Benefit Uprating
Benefit and pension rates from April 2008
30.10.20062007 Benefit Uprating
Sets out social security and tax credit rates from April 2007, including underpinning factors
06.12.20052006 Benefit Uprating
17.03.20052005 Benefit Uprating
2005 Benefit Uprating. By Richard Cracknell. SN/SG/3275.
04.02.20042004 benefit uprating
2004 benefit uprating. By Richard Cracknell. SN/SG/2781.
31.03.20032003 Benefit Uprating
2003 Benefit Uprating. By Richard Cracknell. SN/SG/1969.
15.03.20022002 Benefit Uprating
Social Security Benefits Uprating 2002. By Richard Cracknell. SN/SG/1715.
10.11.20002001 benefit uprating
2001 benefit uprating. By Richard Cracknell. SN/SG/577.
07.12.19992000 benefit uprating
2000 benefit uprating. By Richard Cracknell. SN/SG/300.
26.01.19991999 benefit uprating
1999 benefit uprating. By Richard Cracknell. SN/SG/195.
All Research Papers
25 Documents
DateDescription
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.
06.10.2011Pensions Bill: Committee Stage Report
This is a report on the Public Bill Committee Stage of the Pensions Bill. It is designed to complement Research Paper Pensions Bill (RP 11/52), which covers in more detail the background to the Bill and the debates in the House of Lords.
16.06.2011Pensions Bill [HL], Bill 183 of 2010-12
This paper has been prepared for the Second Reading debate in the House of Commons on the Pensions Bill and outlines the main changes to the paper.
07.03.2011Welfare Reform Bill: Universal Credit provisions
The Welfare Reform Bill provides for the introduction of a 'Universal Credit' to replace a range of existing means-tested benefits and tax credits for people of working age, starting from 2013. The Bill follows the November 2010 White Paper, Universal Credit: welfare that works, which set out the Government's proposals for reforming welfare to improve work incentives, simplify the benefits system and tackle administrative complexity.
08.10.2010Superannuation Bill: Committee Stage Report
Clause 1 of this Bill would cap compensation payable under the Civil Service Compensation Scheme at a maximum of 12 months' pay for compulsory redundancy and 15 months' pay for voluntary exits. Clause 2 provides for clause 1 to expire after 12 months unless repealed, extended or revived using order-making powers. The Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government invited the civil service unions to negotiate a 'sustainable and practical and practical long-term successor scheme'. On 7 October, the Government announced that it had concluded its negotiations with five of the six unions on a new scheme.
01.09.2010Superannuation Bill [Bill No 58 of 2010-11]
This Paper has been written for the Second Reading debate in the House of Commons. Clause 1 of the Bill would cap compensation payable under the Civil Service Compensation Scheme at a maximum of 12 months' pay for compulsory redundancy and 15 months' for voluntary exits. Clause 2 provides for clause 1 to expire after 12 months, unless repealed, extended or revived using order-making powers. The Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government has invited the civil service unions to negotiate a 'sustainable and practical long term successor scheme'.
13.03.2009Welfare Reform Bill: Committee Stage report
This is a report on the Committee Stage of the Welfare Reform Bill. It complements Research Papers 09/08 and 09/09 prepared for Commons Second Reading.
23.01.2009Welfare Reform Bill: social security provisions
This paper is one of two which examine the main proposals of the Welfare Reform Bill 2008-09. It deals with Part 1 of the Bill, which includes provisions to establish a 'work for your benefit' scheme for the long-term unemployed, to allow piloting of the 'personalised conditionality' regime, and to enable the future abolition of income support. See also Research Paper 09/09.
14.03.2008Pensions Bill: Committee Stage Report
Pensions Bill: Committee Stage Report. House of Commons Library Research Paper 08/27.
19.12.2007Pensions Bill [Bill 25 of 2007-08]
The Pensions Bill. (Bill 25 of 2007-08). House of Commons Library Research Paper 07/94.
12.01.2007Pensions Bill (Bill 12 2006-07)
The Pensions Bill (Bill 12 2006-07). House of Commons Library Research Paper 07/05
26.10.2005Rights of Savers Bill (Bill 15 of 2005-06)
The Rights of Savers Bill (Bill 15 of 2005-06). House of Commons Library Research Paper 05/69
29.04.2004Age-Related Payments Bill (Bill 92 2003/04)
Age-Related Payments Bill. (Bill 92 2003/04). House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/34.
25.02.2004Pensions Bill (Bill 57 2003/04)
Pensions Bill (Bill 57 2003/04). House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/18.
08.01.2004Armed Forces (Pensions and Compensation) Bill (Bill 10 2003/04)
Armed Forces (Pensions and Compensation) Bill (Bill 10 2003/04). House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/05.
05.03.2003Retirement Income Reform Bill (Bill 18 of 2002/03)
The Bill would introduce provisions based on proposals published in March 2000 by the Retirement Income Working Party, a group made up of academics and industry representatives.
21.03.2002State Pension Credit Bill (HL) (Bill 98 of 2001-02)
State Pension Credit Bill (HL) ( Bill 98 of 2001/02). House of Commons Library Research Paper 02/19.
21.12.2001Pension Annuities (Amendment) Bill (Bill 12 of 2001-02)
Pension Annuities (Amendment) Bill (Bill 12 of 2001/02). House of Commons Library Research Paper 01/118
31.08.2001Stakeholder pensions
Stakeholder Pensions. House of Commons Library Research Paper 01/69.
17.12.1999Pensions: provisions in part II of the Child Support Pensions and Social Security Bill (Bill 9 1999/2000)
Pensions: provisions in Part II of the Child Support Pensions and Social Security Bill (Bill 9 of 1999/2000). House of Commons Library Research Paper 99/109.
16.12.1999Social sec. war pension and National Insurance provisions in the Child Support Pensions and Social Security Bill (Bill 9 1999/2000)
Social security, war pension and National Insurance provisions in the Child Support Pensions and Social Security Bill (Bill 9 of 1999/2000). House of Commons Library Research Paper 99/108.
19.02.1999Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill (Bill 44 of 1998/99)
Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill (Bill 44 of 1998/99). House of Commons Library Research Paper 99/19.