Have your say on the Pensions Bill

21 June 2013

Do you have relevant expertise and experience or a special interest in the Government’s Pensions Bill?

If so, you can submit your views in writing to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee which is going to consider the Bill.

Pensions Bill

The Pensions Bill was introduced into the House of Commons on 9 May 2013. The second reading of the Bill took place on 17 June 2013, giving MPs the opportunity to debate the main principles of the Bill.

The Bill has now been sent to the Public Bill Committee, where detailed examination of the Bill will take place.

Aims of the Pensions Bill

The main elements of the Bill, which covers England, Wales and Scotland, are to:

  • Introduce a single-tier State Pension for future pensioners from 6 April 2016, combining the existing two tiers—the basic State Pension and State Second Pension;
  • Bring forward the increase in the State Pension age from 66 to 67 to between 2026 and 2028, compared to between 2034 and 2036 in existing legislation; and, for the future, establish periodic reviews of the pension age in the light of changes in life expectancy and other relevant factors;
  • Introduce a new Bereavement Support Payment to replace the existing system of bereavement benefits;
  • Introduce reforms to the framework in which private pensions operate, including a new objective for the Pensions Regulator and a system of automatic transfers of small pension pots so that an individual’s pension would follow them when they change jobs.

Deadline for submissions

The Public Bill Committee is now able to receive written evidence. The sooner you send in your submission, the more time the Committee will have to take it into consideration.

The Committee is expected to meet for the first time on Tuesday 25 June; it will stop receiving written evidence at the end of the Committee stage on Thursday 11 July 2013.

(When the Committee reports it is no longer able to receive written evidence and it can report earlier than Thursday 11 July).

Guidance on submitting written evidence

What should written evidence cover?

Your submission should address matters contained within the Bill and concentrate on issues where you have a special interest or expertise, and factual information of which you would like the Committee to be aware.

It is helpful if the submission includes a brief introduction about you or your organisation. The submission should not have been previously published or circulated elsewhere.

If you have any concerns about your submission, please contact the Scrutiny Unit (details below).

How should written evidence be submitted?

Your submission should be emailed to scrutiny@parliament.uk. Please note that submissions sent to the Government department in charge of the Bill will not be treated as evidence to the Public Bill Committee.

Submissions should be in the form of a Word document. A summary should be provided. Paragraphs should be numbered, but there should be no page numbering.

Essential statistics or further details can be added as annexes, which should also be numbered. To make publication easier, please avoid the use of coloured graphs, complex diagrams or pictures.

As a guideline, submissions should not exceed 3,000 words.

Please include in the covering email the name, address, telephone number and email address of the person responsible for the submission. The submission should be dated.

What will happen to my evidence?

The written evidence will be circulated to all Committee Members to inform their consideration of the Bill.

Most submissions will also be published on the internet as soon as possible after the Committee has started sitting.

The Scrutiny Unit can help with any queries about written evidence.

Scrutiny Unit contact details

Email: scrutiny@parliament.uk
Telephone: 020 7219 8387
Fax: 020 7219 8381,
Address: Michelle Edney
Senior Executive Officer
Scrutiny Unit, 7 Millbank,
London SW1P 3JA.

Further information

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