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Financing UK Pensions

John Hills

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/9780197263853.003.0012

Series: British Academy Occasional Papers

Financing UK Pensions

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A key feature of the pension challenges currently facing Britain is the decline of the system of occupational pensions, particularly the decline of defined-benefit pensions. Here, it is often argued that the villain has been the government (in fact a succession of governments). In this view, over the past decades successive governments have delivered a catalogue of regulation and legislation that, though often well intentioned, has ultimately worked to the detriment of occupational pension provision. Alternatively, one might argue that we could have seen it all coming. It is important that future policy should be set up in a way that is sustainable and robust enough to cope with the huge uncertainty around the increase in life expectancy which we are hoping for. This chapter examines why, and when, things began to go wrong with the financing of British pensions.

Keywords: Britain; pensions; financing; life expectancy; defined-benefit pensions; occupational pensions; regulation; legislation

Chapter.  2207 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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