This article presents official statistics on the total obligations, or gross liabilities, of UK pension providers including the UK government. It includes estimates for state pensions and breakdowns by whether pensions are funded or unfunded. The estimates are compiled for national accounts Table 29: Accrued-to-date pension entitlements in social insurance, which is being published by all EU countries for 2015. For the UK, the years 2010 to 2014 are also provided.




The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs
  • are well explained and readily accessible
  • are produced according to sound methods
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.