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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.
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    Topics: Research material can be filtered by subject using the topic terms. The topics are arranged in a taxonomy (a hierarchical classification) and can be further filtered using sub-topics.

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Brexit and state pensions
Published Monday, December 11, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7894
This Commons Library briefing looks at EU law providing for the co-ordination of State Pension entitlement and the possible impact of Brexit

Topic: Pensions

Occupational pension increases
Published Friday, December 8, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN05656
Looks at the requirements on private sector Defined Benefit occupational pension schemes to index and revalue pension benefits and recent debates - including in relation to the British Steel Pension Scheme

Topic: Pensions

Section 75 employer debt and multi-employer pension schemes
Published Wednesday, December 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7684
Looks at the application of the "section 75 employer debt provisions" to multi-employer pension schemes

Topic: Pensions

2018 Benefits Uprating
Published Thursday, November 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8162
This note sets out the main benefit and tax credit rates for the 2018/19 financial year. Most working-age benefits will be frozen at 2015/16 cash values from 2016/17 to 2019/20 inclusive. Over the year 2018/19 the increase in most benefits aimed at disabled people and pensioners will continue to be linked to CPI inflation, which increased to 3.0% in the year ending September 2017.
Pension scheme charges
Published Thursday, November 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06209
Looks at the impact of pension scheme charges on pension savings and steps being taken to cap charges and to improve transparency

Topic: Pensions

Increases in the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s
Published Thursday, November 30, 2017 | 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

Social Indicators 2017
Published Monday, November 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7381
This Commons Library research briefing summarises a wide range of social statistics. Subjects covered include agriculture, crime, defence, education, elections, environment and energy, health, housing, local government, population and migration, social security and transport.
Pension integration (or 'clawback')
Published Wednesday, November 22, 2017 | 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

Pension Credit - 2017 onwards
Published Friday, November 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8135
Looks at some of the issues currently raised in connection with Pension Credit

Topic: Pensions

Mineworkers' pensions
Published Monday, November 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01189
Covers the arrangements made for mineworkers' pensions following privatisation of British Coal in 1994.

Topics: Coal, Pensions

State Pension payment arrangements
Published Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN00260
Looks at the day at and frequency with which the State Pension is paid

Topic: Pensions

Reform of pension tax relief
Published Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7505
Looks at the current debate on pension tax relief reform

Topic: Pensions

Intergenerational Fairness and Government Policy
Published Friday, October 20, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0072
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information on intergenerational fairness and government policy ahead of a debate on this topic scheduled to take place in the House of Lords on 26 October 2017.
Defined benefit pension scheme funding
Published Tuesday, October 17, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04877
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.

Topic: Pensions

The Pensions Regulator: Powers to protect pension benefits
Published Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN04368
Looks at the Pensions Regulator's powers to protect pension scheme benefits.
Lifetime survivors pensions from public service schemes
Published Friday, October 6, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07109
Looks at why some survivors of public service pension scheme members lose their survivors pensions if they remarry or cohabit

Topic: Pensions

Pension flexibilities: the 'freedom and choice' reforms
Published Tuesday, October 3, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06891
Looks at the rules which came into force in April 2015 giving people more flexibility about when and how to access their defined contribution pension savings

Topic: Pensions

Pension Wise: the guidance guarantee
Published Monday, September 25, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN07042
Looks at Pension Wise - the guidance service for people aged 50 and over with defined contribution pension savings

Topic: Pensions

Local Government Pension Scheme investments
Published Monday, September 25, 2017 | 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

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