This list provides links to a variety of websites that are of interest or relevance to trade unionists interested in knowing more about pensions.
They are grouped under the following headings.
Please let Union Pension Services know if you are aware of any other sites you think should be listed.
The usual disclaimers apply and Union Pension Services has no responsibility for the content on any of these sites.
Government sites: back to top
DWP - The Pensions Green Paper (December 2002) www.dwp.gov.uk/consultations/consult/2002/pensions/ Simplicity, security and choice: working and saving for retirement - The pensions Green Paper issued in December 2002. Download copies of all the consultation documents
DWP - Pensioners' Guide www.info4pensioners.gov.uk/ The whole range of help and advice for pensioners available through central and local government.
DWP - The Pension Service: www.thepensionservice.gov.uk/ Information on pensions whether you are planning for retirement or already retired
DWP - The Pension Service - briefing on MIG: www.thepensionservice.gov.uk/mig/mig.asp Detailed information about the Government's Minimum Income Guarantee (MIG)
DWP - The Pension Service - State pension age calculator: www.thepensionservice.gov.uk/utility/resource_centre/calc.asp Calculates state pension age for women born after 5th April 2010
DWP - The Pension Service - State Pension Forecast: http://www.thepensionservice.gov.uk/utility/atoz/atozdetailed/rpforecast.asp The site to apply for a forecast of your State pension
DWP - The Pension Guide: www.pensionguide.gov.uk/ The Government's 'impartial' pensions information site on the different pension options
Inland Revenue Savings, Pensions, Share Schemes (IR SPSS): http://www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk/pensionschemes/index.htm The Inland Revenue's pensions area
Inland Revenue SPSS Updates: www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk/pensionschemes/updates.htm Newsletters issued by IR SPSS on an ad hoc basis
Regulatory and similar bodies: back to top
Financial Services Authority: www.fsa.gov.uk The single statutory regulator responsible for regulating deposit-taking, insurance and investment business, including pensions mis-selling.
FSA Stakeholder decision trees: www.fsa.gov.uk/consumer/decision_trees/index.html The FSA has produced a consumer factsheet containing 'decision trees' to help consumers decide if a stakeholder pension would be a good choice for them.
Occupational Pensions Advisory Service: www.opas.org.uk A non-profit organisation which seeks to help any member of the public who has a problem, complaint or dispute with their occupational or private pension arrangement.
Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority: www.opra.gov.uk Supervises a range of legal requirements to protect people’s occupational pensions, including stakeholder pensions.
Pension Scheme Registry:www.opra.gov.uk/registry/regmenu.shtml The Pension Schemes Registry, which is part of OPRA, can help you find pension schemes you have belonged to in the past.
Pensions Ombudsman: www.pensions-ombudsman.org.uk The Pensions Ombudsman investigates and decides complaints and disputes about the way that pension schemes are run.
Trade unions : back to top
Amicus - MSF: www.msf.org.uk/conference/pension_web/ Information from Amicus-MSF about their campaign on pensions
GMB: www.gmb.org.uk/docs/index-doc.asp?WorkUnitID=5 Lots of information about pensions
Trades Union Congress: www.tuc.org.uk/pensions/index.cfm Detailed briefings and reports on TUC pensions policy
TUC "Pay up for Pensions" campaign: www.tuc.org.uk/theme/index.cfm?theme=oink People are living longer, while the stock market falls. Find out here what's happening, and how the TUC is campaigning to Pay Up For Pensions.
Unison: www.unison.org.uk/pay/pensions.asp What Unison is doing on pensions, especially on the Local Government Pension Scheme
Action groups and other membership organisations: back to top
Age Concern: www.ageconcern.org.uk/ Age Concern is the largest charitable movement in the UK concerned with the needs of older people
ASW Pension Action Group: www.pensionstheft.org From ex-employees of steel company ASW about how workers can lose out when their final pay scheme is wound-up
Confederation of Occupational Pensioners Associations: www.copas.org.uk A confederation of occupational pensioners' associations in the UK.
Glory Mill Pension Action Committee: www.fagans.free-online.co.uk/index.htm More information from workers who have lost their pensions when their employer became insolvent.
Independent Pensions Research Group (IPRG): www.prg.org.uk/iprg/index.html An informal network of pensions specialists and lay activists which meets several times a year to discuss issues of common concern, exchange views and information, and develop ideas. The membership includes actuaries, lawyers, journalists and other professionals, as well as researchers, trade union officers and member trustees. - linked with the NPRG
Labour Research Department (LRD): www.lrd.org.uk/default.php3 The independent research organisation publishing news and information for trade unionists, including much useful material on pensions
National Pensioners Convention: www.natpencon.org.uk/index.htm The NPC is widely recognised, as the umbrella body for pensioners' groups throughout the UK.
Northern Pensions Conference: www.prg.org.uk/conference/index.html The annual Northern Pensions Conference is the only one intended specifically for trade unionists and pension scheme members.
Northern Pensions Resource Group (NPRG): www.prg.org.uk/nprg/index.html A group of trade unionists, union representatives and other individuals interested in pensions - state, occupational, personal, or stakeholder - linked with the IPRG
Seniors Network: www.seniorsnetwork.co.uk/index.htm An independent information resource for older people and their organisations with lots of useful links.
Trade Union retired member sections: www.greypower.uk.co/retiredmembers/ Links to national pensioners groups, including retired members' sections, that are allied to Trade Unions
Industry and professional organisations: back to top
Accounting Standards Board - FRS17: www.asb.org.uk/publications/publication307.html A useful summary of FRS 17 which sets out the accounting treatment for retirement benefits
Association of Pension Lawyers (APL): www.apl.org.uk The APL is an association established and run by lawyers specialising in pensions in the UK
Faculty & Institute of Actuaries: www.actuaries.org.uk/pension/index.html The pensions' homepage for UK actuaries.
Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW) - information on FRS17: www.icaew.co.uk/index.cfm?AUB=TB2I_28569 Lots of information on FRS 17 - you have to look down the page
National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF): www.napf.co.uk The principal body representing the interests of the occupational pension's industry.
Pensions Management Institute: www.pensions-pmi.org.uk The Institute for pensions professionals. Also of interest to trustees of pension schemes.
Pensions Research Accountants Group www.prag.org.uk PRAG is an independent research and discussion group for the development and exchange of ideas in the pensions field.
Society of Pension Consultants: www.spc.uk.com The representative body for the providers of advice and services needed to establish and operate occupational and personal pension schemes.
Other sites of pensions interest: back to top
BBC briefing on pensions: news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/business_basics/366797.stm A BBC compiled factsheet to help you to choose, understand and complain about your pension.
Civil Service Pensions: www.civilservice-pensions.gov.uk The Civil Service Pensions website
IRS Pay & Pensions www.irsonline.co.uk/pub_subjects/index_pub_pay.htm Information about IRS publications on pensions
Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF): www.lapfforum.org/index2.htm Promotes the investment interests of local authority pension funds and maximises their influence as shareholders to promote corporate social responsibility.
Pensions & Investment Research Consultants (PIRC): www.pirc.co.uk The leading consultancy for pension funds in the field of corporate governance and socially responsible investment
Pensions World: www.pensionsworld.co.uk Lots of useful information from the monthly pensions magazine
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