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Pension organisations

Where a non-ONS source is indicated, the link leads to an external website.

Association of British Insurers (ABI)

ABI produces the annual survey reports The State of the Nation's Savings and Retirement Savings in the UK.

The reports are based on the autumn quarter results of the ABI Pensions and Savings Index, an internet survey of savings behaviour conducted by YouGov of around 3,000 employed individuals in Great Britain.

ABI also publishes the annual data bulletin Money in Funded Pensions containing information on the money held in funded pensions focusing on the funds in insurer-administered occupational and individual pensions.

Information in the bulletin is derived from data provided by insurance companies to the Financial Services Authority (FSA) and Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Some ABI reports are available on a subscription-only basis.

Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)

DWP is a ministerial government department with responsibility for state pensions, private occupational pension schemes and pension reform.

It is the biggest public service delivery department in the UK and serves over 20 million customers.

Government Actuary's Department (GAD)

GAD provides services to pension schemes and advises the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on government policy affecting occupational pension schemes.

GAD also provides advice to government on the terms for contracting out of the additional state pension.

In addition, it produces tables for HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) detailing the maximum income for income drawdown arrangements in relation to unsecured pension funds and alternatively secured pension funds.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)

HMRC publishes the annual rates and allowances for registered pension schemes in the UK as well as tables produced by the Government Actuary's Department on maximum income for income drawdown arrangements.

Personal (including stakeholder) pension providers are required to submit statistical reports to HMRC with their claims for tax relief; HMRC publishes some of this data on its website.

Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

IFS is an independent research organisation aiming to promote effective economic and social policies through analysis of their impact on individuals, families, firms and the public finances.

IFS publishes a variety of research reports within the general theme of pensions and retirement.

International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK)

The International Longevity Centre UK is an independent, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity, ageing and population change.

National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF)

NAPF provides representation and other services for those involved in designing, operating, advising and investing in pensions and other retirement provision.

The NAPF Annual Survey is a long-running source of statistics and information on the benefit structures and funding approaches of occupational pension schemes in the UK. The sample for the survey is drawn from around 300 NAPF members.

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

ONS produces independent information to improve understanding of the UK's economy and society. ONS runs more than a hundred business and household surveys and a number of these include questions designed to obtain pensions-related data.

ONS is also responsible for the production of official national population projections and associated demographic data.

The Pensions Analysis Unit at ONS produces Pension Trends, which looks at changes in pension provision over time in the context of social and economic developments and changes in the policy environment.

Pensions Institute (PI)

The PI is an academic research centre focused entirely on pensions research. The purpose of the centre is to serve as a clearing house for information on pensions, with particular emphasis on the UK system.

Pensions Policy Institute (PPI)

The PPI is an educational charity that provides non-political, independent comment and analysis on pension policy in the UK.

Pension Protection Fund (PPF)

The PPF was established by the Pensions Act 2004 to pay compensation to members of eligible defined benefit pension schemes, when there is a qualifying insolvency event in relation to the employer and where there are insufficient assets in the pension scheme to cover PPF levels of compensation.

The PPF's 7800 index details the latest estimated funding position, on a section 179 basis, of almost 7,800 predominantly private sector defined benefit UK pension schemes.

The PPF and TPR produce the joint publication The Purple Book, a detailed assessment of the risks faced by defined benefit pension schemes, predominantly in the private sector.

The Pensions Regulator (TPR)

TPR was established by the Pensions Act 2004 to protect the benefits of members of work-based pension schemes, promote good administration of work-based pension schemes, and reduce the risk of situations arising that may lead to claims for compensation from the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).

TPR produces a number of publications assessing the current state of UK work-based pension schemes.

TPR and the PPF produce The Purple Book, a detailed assessment of the risks faced by defined benefit pension schemes, predominantly in the private sector.

TPR also maintains a database of all UK-based occupational pension schemes with two or more members.

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