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    • Commons Briefing papers: Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Lords Library Notes: Authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • POSTbriefs: Responsive policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on mini-literature reviews and peer review, typically commissioned by select committees and library research services.
    • POSTnotes: Proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board.
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Section 75 employer debt and multi-employer pension schemes
Published Monday, May 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7684
Looks at the application of the "section 75 employer debt provisions" to multi-employer pension schemes - such as the Plumbing Pension Scheme

Topic: Pensions

Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP) increases
Published Wednesday, May 2, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN04956
Between 1978 and 1997, contracted-out defined benefit pension schemes were required to provide a Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP). This note looks at the arrangements for index-linking GMP rights for people reaching State Pension age before and after 6 April 2016 and for members of public service pension schemes

Topic: Pensions

Increases in the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s
Published Monday, April 30, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7405
Briefing regarding the WASPI campaign and the impact of legislation increasing the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s

Topic: Pensions

Cold Weather Payments for winter 2017-2018
Published Monday, April 30, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8254
This Library Briefing Paper provides information on the Cold Weather Payments Scheme for winter 2017-18.
Pensions: civil partnerships and same sex marriages
Published Friday, April 27, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN03035
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
Public sector pension overpayments
Published Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN04919
Looks at overpayments to members of public service pensions due to incorrect calculation of Guaranteed Minimum Pensions (GMPs) in 2008 and again in 2018

Topic: Pensions

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill 2017-19
Published Monday, April 23, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8033
This paper outlines the provisions of the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill 2017-19 and the debates on it in Parliament
Universities Superannuation Scheme
Published Monday, April 16, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8156
Looks at the consultation on the 2017 valuation of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) and the proposed reforms

Topic: Pensions

State Pensions 2018: FAQs for MPs
Published Friday, April 6, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7981
This briefing paper looks at some of the FAQs constituents raise with their MPs about pensions.

Topic: Pensions

Pensions: Automatic enrolment - 2010 onwards
Published Wednesday, April 4, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06417
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. This briefing paper looks at progress to date and the debate on the way forward, including the 2017 review

Topic: Pensions

The Pensions Regulator: Powers to protect pension benefits
Published Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN04368
Looks at the Pensions Regulator's powers to protect pension scheme benefits and proposals to strengthen these in the March 2018 White Paper
Master Trust regulation
Published Tuesday, March 27, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7758
Looks at provisions to regulate Master Trusts (a kind of pension scheme used by many employers for auto-enrolment) to be introduced under the Pension Schemes Act 2017.

Topic: Pensions

Brexit: the draft withdrawal agreement
Published Monday, March 26, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8269
The Commission published a draft legal text of the withdrawal agreement in February 2018 and an updated draft on 15 March. On 19 March a third text was published which showed where there is full agreement between the EU and the UK, where there is agreement in principle and where there is no agreement. This paper looks at the recent draft, making reference to earlier drafts where relevant.
Defined Benefit Pension Schemes - 2018 White Paper
Published Tuesday, March 20, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8219
Looks at the issues discussed in Defined Benefit Pension Schemes White Paper published on 19 March 2018

Topic: Pensions

The collapse of Carillion
Published Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8206
Carillion entered compulsory liquidation on 15 January 2018. This briefing looks at the causes and consequences of Carillion's collapse.
Frozen Overseas Pensions
Published Tuesday, March 13, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN01457
Looks at why the UK state pension is not uprated in some overseas countries, the debates on this policy and the recent legal challenge.

Topic: Pensions

Mineworkers' pensions
Published Monday, March 5, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN01189
Covers the arrangements made for mineworkers' pensions following privatisation of British Coal in 1994.

Topics: Coal, Pensions

Local Government Pension Scheme investments
Published Thursday, February 22, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7309
Looks at the recent debate on Government changes to regulations and guidance for Local Government Pension Scheme investments: including proposals to increase pooling of investments to reduce costs; and guidance that investment policies should not “be used to give effect to municipal foreign or munitions policies that run contrary to Government policy."

Topic: Pensions

Pension integration (or 'clawback')
Published Thursday, February 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN01121
Looks at rules under which some occupational pensions have historically been adjusted to take account of the State Pension introduced in the late 1940s

Topic: Pensions

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