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Release: Pension Trends, Chapter 9: Pension scheme funding and investment, 2013 edition

Released: 23 April 2013


David Knight

Pensions Analysis Unit

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 455633

Categories: Economy, Personal Finances, Pensions

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: UK

  • The value of assets held in UK funded pensions was £2040.7 billion in 2011 (135% of GDP). Self-administered pension funds, most of which are associated with defined benefit occupational pension schemes, accounted for 71% of the total (Figure 9.1).
  • Self-administered pension funds now include insurance-managed funds; they excluded them in the previous publication. On a like-for-like excluded basis, self-administered pension funds account for 66% of assets held in UK pension funds in 2011, up from 55% in 2009.
  • The aggregate funding position of schemes in the Pension Protection Fund’s 7800 index – funded defined benefit occupational pension schemes, mostly in the private sector – measured on an s179 basis moved from a surplus of £50.1 billion in January 2011 to a deficit of £317.0 billion in May 2012, later moving to a deficit of £201.5 billion in February 2013 (Figure 9.3).
  • After falling in 2007 and 2008, total contributions to self-administered pension funds increased rapidly in 2009, 2010 and 2012, mainly because of a rise in employers’ ‘special contributions’, such as deficit payments (Figures 9.5 and 9.6).
Pension Trends provides a statistical backdrop for the debate on pensions. It looks at changes in pension provision over time in the context of social and economic developments and changes in the policy environment.

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