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The UK Occupational Pension System in Crisis

Gordon L. Clark

in Britain's Pensions Crisis

Published by British Academy

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780197263853
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734281 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263853.003.0010

Series: British Academy Occasional Papers

The UK Occupational Pension System in Crisis

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The crisis in occupational pensions in Britain extend beyond coverage rates and benefit levels. Private-sector sponsors of existing defined-benefit plans face an uncertain future notwithstanding the establishment in 2005 of the Pension Protection Fund. As for the public sector, the unfunded status of many defined-benefit plans raises significant doubts about their long-term viability. Whatever happens to the Turner Report, the pension crisis has just begun; it is bound to dominate domestic politics for another generation. Most private sector employees do not have access to social security entitlements while public sector employees may see their entitlements passed back to central government to become yet another liability on an already overburdened state. This chapter examines the crisis in the British occupational pension system, the link between pensions and modern capitalism, corporate capitalism in a global environment, lessons for public policy, capital market efficiency and occupational pensions in the public sector.

Keywords: Britain; occupational pensions; private sector; public sector; capitalism; capital market; public policy; defined-benefit plans; social security

Chapter.  9069 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Theory

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