This page provides access to research briefings produced by the House of Commons Library, the House of Lords Library and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). You can filter the research briefings by date, type, or one of 350 topics. Pick your options from the dropdown menus.
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
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.
Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies
Published Friday, September 14, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers CBP-7912
This reading list brings together briefings on Brexit by the Parliamentary libraries and the Devolved Assembly research services with reports by Parliamentary and Devolved Assembly committees following the result of the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016.
Topics: Animal welfare, Armed forces, Asylum, Aviation, Climate change, Common Agricultural Policy, Consumers, Courts, Data protection, Defence equipment and procurement, Devolution, Economic policy, Employment, Energy, Environmental protection, EU budget, EU external relations, EU grants and loans, EU institutions, EU law and treaties, Financial services, Fisheries, Food, Forestry, Health services, Higher education, Human rights, Immigration, Industry, Information technology, International development, International economic relations, International law, International politics and government, International trade, Legislative process, Medicine, Overseas territories, Parliament, Pensions, Railways, Regulation, Research and innovation, Roads, Science, Shipping, Water
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.
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
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.
Topics: Administration of justice, Agriculture, Animals, Aviation, Benefits administration, Benefits policy, Business support, Central government, Civil law, Climate change, Common Agricultural Policy, Companies, Competition, Constitution, Consumers, Crime, Criminal law, Defence equipment and procurement, Defence policy, Devolution, Economic policy, Economic situation, Electricity, Employment, Energy, Environmental protection, EU budget, EU defence policy, EU external relations, EU law and treaties, Europe, European Commission, European Council, European Parliament, Financial services, Fisheries, Food, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Health services, Health staff and professions, Higher education, Housing benefits, Human rights, Immigration, Industrial health and safety, Industry, Information technology, Intellectual property, International development, International economic relations, International law, International organisations, International politics and government, International trade, Medicine, Military operations, Nuclear power, Overseas territories, Parliament, Pensions, Pollution, Privacy, Public expenditure, Railways, Regulation, Renewable energy, Research and innovation, Roads, Science, Shipping, Small businesses, Standards, Students, Taxation, Teachers, Terrorism, Utilities, Waste management, Water
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'
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Published Thursday, July 26, 2018 | Commons Briefing papers SN01189
Covers the arrangements made for mineworkers' pensions following privatisation of British Coal in 1994.
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
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.