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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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    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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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

Occupational pension increases
Published Monday, September 25, 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 the British Steel Pension Scheme and the 2017 Defined Benefit Pension Scheme Green Paper

Topic: Pensions

Increases in the State Pension age for women born in the 1950s
Published Tuesday, September 19, 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

‘Digital Equipment Ltd’s pension scheme'
Published Thursday, September 14, 2017 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0016
Briefing paper originally prepared for Westminster Hall debate on 17 January the 'Digital Equipment Ltd's pension scheme' - updated since

Topic: Pensions

Atomic Energy Agency (AEA) pensions
Published Monday, September 11, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7740
Looks at "advice given to members of the UK Atomic Energy Agency (AEA) Pension Scheme" on privatisation. Originally prepared for a Westminster Hall debate on 26 October 2016, it has been updated since.

Topic: Pensions

Mineworkers' pensions
Published Thursday, August 24, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN01189
Covers the arrangements made for mineworkers' pensions following privatisation of British Coal in 1994.

Topics: Coal, Pensions

Brexit and state pensions
Published Friday, August 18, 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

State Pension age review
Published Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06546
Looks at the timetable for increasing the State Pension age and the review set up to look at how it should increase in the longer term

Topic: Pensions

State Pensions 2017: FAQs for MPs
Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7981
This briefing paper looks at some of the FAQs constituents raise with their MPs about pensions.

Topic: Pensions

Pensions: civil partnerships and same sex marriages
Published Friday, July 14, 2017 | 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
Pension Schemes Bill 2016-17
Published Wednesday, July 5, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7874
Briefing on the debates on the legislation that became the Pension Schemes Act 2017, the main purpose of which is to improve regulation of Master Trusts - a type of occupational pension scheme used by many employers to meet their auto-enrolment duties

Topic: Pensions

Teachers' Pensions - 2015 onwards
Published Friday, June 30, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers SN06731
Looks at current reforms to teachers pensions

Topics: Pensions, Teachers

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [HL]: Briefing for Lords Stages
Published Friday, June 30, 2017 | Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0036
Further to the second reading of the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill on 5 July 2017, this Lords Library Briefing provides background to the Bill and a summary of its main provisions.
State Pension triple lock
Published Thursday, June 29, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7812
Looks at the triple lock used to uprate the State Pension and the arguments for and against

Topic: Pensions

Finance Act 2017 - foreign pensions
Published Tuesday, June 27, 2017 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7937
Looks at changes to the tax treatment of foreign pensions in the Finance Act 2017

Topic: Pensions

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