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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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Public service pensions - the employer cost cap
Published Wednesday, September 19, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06971
Looks at the mechanism introduced under the Public Service Pensions Act 2013 to control unexpected changes in the cost of public service pensions

Topic: Pensions

Overview of the Pension Protection Fund
Published Friday, September 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN03917
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) which was one of the measures set up by the Pensions Act 2004. It was in response to a series of high-profile cases in which pension schemes had wound up with insufficient assets to meet their pension commitments. The PPF started operations on 6 April 2005 and applies to schemes that started winding up after that date.

Topic: Pensions

Master Trust regulation
Published Tuesday, September 11, 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

Public service pensions - employer contributions
Published Monday, September 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7539
Discusses the impact of decisions announced in Budget 2016 and September 2018 to reduce the SCAPE discount rate used in valuations of unfunded public service pension schemes

Topic: Pensions

What if there's no Brexit deal?
Published Monday, September 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8397
What could happen if the EU and UK negotiators don't agree a withdrawal agreement in time and the UK has to leave the EU on 29 March 2019 without one - and with no framework for future relations either? This paper looks at how such a situation might come about, the constitutional implications for the UK and the devolved administrations, and what the impact might be in a range of policy areas.
Pension freedoms and 'safeguarded benefits'
Published Friday, August 24, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8382
Looks at the requirement to take advice for pension scheme members seeking to transfer or convert 'safeguarded benefits' (such as defined benefits) worth more than £30,000 into 'flexible benefits'

Topic: Pensions

Pension Wise: the guidance guarantee
Published Tuesday, August 21, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN07042
Looks at Pension Wise - the guidance service for people aged 50 and over with defined contribution pension savings

Topic: Pensions

Pension flexibilities: the 'freedom and choice' reforms
Published Wednesday, August 15, 2018 | 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

Financial Guidance and Claims Bill 2017-19
Published Wednesday, August 15, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-8033
Looks at the provisions of the Financial Guidance and Claims Act 2018 and the debates on it when the legislation was before Parliament
Occupational pensions: survivors benefits for cohabitants
Published Friday, August 10, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN06348
Looks at the development of survivors' pensions for opposite sex cohabiting couples, particularly in public service pension schemes and the decision of the Supreme Court in the Brewster case

Topic: Pensions

Brexit - implications for private pensions
Published Tuesday, August 7, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7629
Looks at the emerging discussion about the potential implications of Brexit for EU pensions

Topic: Pensions

Frozen Overseas Pensions
Published Tuesday, August 7, 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

Secondary annuities market
Published Friday, August 3, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7707
Looks at plans to allow annuity holders to sell that income stream to a third party from April 2017

Topic: Pensions

Women and pensions
Published Friday, July 27, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7286
Looks at the issues affecting state and private pension outcomes for women

Topic: Pensions

Universities Superannuation Scheme
Published Thursday, July 26, 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

Mineworkers' pensions
Published Thursday, July 26, 2018 | 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 Wednesday, July 18, 2018 | 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

Lessons from the collapse of Carillion
Published Monday, July 9, 2018 | Commons Debate packs CDP-2018-0177
There will be a debate on Lessons from the collapse of Carillion in the House of Commons on Thursday 12 July.
Defined Benefit Pension Schemes - 2018 White Paper
Published Friday, July 6, 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

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