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Demographic trends and the future of pensions in the UK

By John Hills

Abstract

This article outlines the recommendations of the UK Pensions Commission, and the data and analysis on which they were based, including projections of demographic change, trends in private pension saving, and evolution of the state pension system. The Commission concluded that without reform, structural problems with UK pensions would lead to increasingly inadequate and inequitable provision in 15-20 years time. It recommended reforms which would lead to a more generous, more universal and less means-tested state system than would otherwise evolve, and the establishment of a low cost National Pension Savings Scheme, into which employees without good employer provision would automatically be enrolled. The proposals, now largely being implemented, imply eventual increases both in state spending on pensions as a share of national income and in State Pension Age, but accompanied by measures to facilitate later and more flexible retirement

Topics: HJ Public Finance
Publisher: Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:33257
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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