The UK pensions policy archive

Information on the UK’s landmark pension reforms is starting to be lost. Some items and documents are no longer physically available, for example, the Pensions Commission website and the pension reform section of HM Treasury’s website. Other vital material is hard to find, even to those who know what they’re looking for. There are many further documents that were never available because they weren’t published or because they needed to be private but no longer do.

About the project

This project is about both bringing together existing information in one place, and also augmenting it with new material and content. At present, there are two main strands to the work:

Developing the archive:

We want to bring all this information into one accessible, free-to-use area, so we’re working with a university in the south west of England to create the UK’s only pension reform archive and information hub. The information hub will include context, background, milestones and timelines and will be an authoritative source of published and unpublished documents related to the UK pension reforms.

The archive and public information will be a free resource for researchers, analysts, policymakers, regulators, and practitioners. By creating this archive, we hope that its contents can help inform others and, in doing so, contribute towards better designed pension schemes, policy, and regulation around the world.

Elite interviews project:

Much of the detail of what took place to make the reforms possible will not be available in either public or private documents. We are working with the Institute for Policy Research at Bath University on an ‘elite interview’ project, speaking to many of the key decision-makers about their recollections of the issues and events that contributed to the adoption of the reform programme.

The project will lead to an original piece of published research, plus video content from the interviews and a summary video from across the project, all of which will be made available on the archive. 

Project partners

Institute for Policy Research (IPR),
University of Bath
IPR conducts and enables policy-relevant research. In particular, they do this through building links with the worlds of policy and practice as well as by increasing public understanding of policy research through its Public Lecture and publications series.
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