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Pensions sector organisations

A collection of useful links to key organisations in the pensions sector.

Association of Consulting Actuaries
Association representing professionally qualified actuaries working in the consulting sector who advise individuals and corporate clients on a range of issues, including the design of pension schemes. The ACA publishes a variety of material including reports on pension trends, statistics and an annual survey on smaller firms pensions

Association of Pension Lawyers
A non-profit association 'established and run by lawyers specialising in pensions in the UK'. The site includes a useful collection of full text articles, links and guidance notes amongst other resources.

Department for Work and Pensions
Official website of the government department with responsibility for pensions.

Employer Covenant Practitioners Association (ECPA)
Provides a forum for employer covenant advisors to discuss best practice, raise standards and promote awareness. The group's publications, such as its Integrated Risk Management guide, are publicly available on its website. 

Government Actuary's Department (GAD)
Government department that provides actuarial advice to the government to enable it to make pensions policy. The site includes links to Ogden tables and GAD technical bulletins covering topical developments on pensions and insurance. 

International Actuarial Association (IAA)
Worldwide association of professional actuarial associations and the standard setter for International Standards of Actuarial Practice (ISAPs).

Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA)
Chartered professional body dedicated to educating, developing and regulating actuaries based both in the UK and internationally. The IFoA website contains information on the practice area of pensions including their latest publications in this area.

International Organisation of Pension Supervisors (IOPS)
An independent international body representing those involved in supervising private pension arrangements. A useful feature of the site are country-by-country reports on pensions, links to pensions regulatory bodies across the world and international pensions news.

Money and Pensions Service (MAPS) 
Government service set up to bring together three financial guidance bodies - the Money Advice Service, The Pensions Advisory Service and Pension Wise - into one single organisation. The Service aims to provide free, impartial information on workplace and personal pensions, as well as debt advice and money guidance. 

Office for National Statistics - Pension Scheme Surveys
Annual ONS datasets providing membership, contribution rates and benefit figures for occupational pension schemes.

Pension Advisory Group (PAG)
An interdisciplinary group of judges, family and pension lawyers, pension experts, academics and a mediator. The PAG has published A Guide to the Treatment of Pensions on Divorce (July 2019), which provides in-depth analysis of how pensions on divorce should be approached, particularly in relation to valuing pensions and offsetting them against other capital assets.  

Pension Scams Industry Group (PSIG)
A voluntary industry group which has published an industry Code of Good Practice on combating pension scams, last updated in April 2021.

Pensions Administration Standards Association (PASA)
A not-for-profit membership organisation which formed in 2011 with the aim of promoting and improving the quality of pensions administration services for UK pension schemes.

Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA)
Official body representing the occupational pensions movement. The site publishes news, research and a series of Made Simple Guides to help trustees get to grips with technical topics. The PLSA was known as the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) until October 2015.

Pensions Advice Taskforce
An industry forum established in 2018 by the Personal Finance Society, with the aim of bringing together pensions industry stakeholders to provide strategic industry leadership and raise pension advice standards. In 2019 the Taskforce launched the Pension Transfer Gold Standard, a voluntary code of good practice for safeguarded and defined benefit pension transfer advice, based around a set of principles.

The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS)
An independent non-profit organisation that has provided information and guidance on pensions since 1983. In addition to a wide range of news, guidance and FAQs, the site provides a useful overview of pensions leaflets and publications from a range of official bodies.

Pensions Archive Trust
Body established to archive material relating to the management and development of occupational and personal pensions in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

Pensions Institute
Research centre based at Cass Business School that offers a virtual library of reference sources, an archive of abstracts and full text discussion papers, news and a collection of full text articles/reports. The site also includes the full text of a number of pensions-themed articles from Accountancy magazine.

Pensions Investment Research Consultants (PIRC)
Independent research and advisory consultancy.

Pensions Management Institute (PMI)
Professional body for pensions professionals, with information about the body, membership and qualifications. The site is packed with features, including an archive of their monthly publication PMI News (restricted to PMI members only), surveys and research and the full text of Pensions Terminology (a glossary of pension terms produced in conjunction with the Pensions Research Accountants Group).

Pensions Ombudsman
Ombudsman who ‘investigates and decides complaints and disputes about the way that pension schemes are run’. The site includes a guide to procedures and hearings, with an archive of determinations issued from 1 April 2001 onwards.

Pensions Policy Institute
Website of the body described as an ‘educational charity set up to promote, on a non-political basis, the study of pensions and other retirement provision’. The site includes reports on the changing pensions landscape and the regularly updated publications:

Pensions Protection Fund
Established under the provisions of the Pensions Act 2004 to pay compensation to members of eligible pension schemes in the event of insolvency.

Pensions Regulator (TPR)
Regulator of work-based pension schemes in the UK created under the Pensions Act 2004. The website features an extensive document library which includes:

Pensions Research Accountants Group (PRAG)
Independent research and discussion group, which was recognised by the Accounting Standards Board as the appropriate organisation to issue Statements of Recommended Practice (SORPs) for pension schemes in 1996. The site provides information on the SORP, current research projects, news, a history of the organisation and a catalogue of PRAG publications.

Pension Wise
A free and impartial government service to help individuals approaching retirement understand their choices under the new pensions flexibility arrangements announced in Budget 2014. Free phone or face-to-face appointments with a pension specialist are available for individuals aged 50 or over who have a defined contribution pension.

Pension Tracing Service
An online Pension Tracing Service from the Department for Work and Pensions which is intended to help locate lost pensions.

Society of Pension Consultants (SPC)
Professional body representing providers of pensions advice and services. The site includes information about the organisation and a monthly news summary.

Society of Pension Professionals (SPP)
A representative body for a wide range of UK pension advisors and service providers. The Society shares regular technical updates and holds evening meetings, an annual conference and roundtables. It has published a short Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Guide to help trustees of small and medium schemes in the early stages of meeting their ESG obligations. 

State Pension toolkit
A collection of material from the Department for Work and Pensions on the state pension, including guidance on the state pension top up.

Trustee Toolkit
A website developed by the Pensions Regulator to help trustees meet the requirements for trustee knowledge and understanding, introduced by the Pensions Act 2004.

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