Pensions and Retirement

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The TUC believes that everyone should be able to retire in dignity with a decent pension. We campaign for better pensions for today's pensioners and work to ensure that people still at work can look forward to decent pensions. Here is where you can find our detailed briefings and reports on pensions policy. To find out more information about your pension rights, go to Know Your Rights.

This subjects also provides information for [Member Trustee Network] and how to [join].

The TUC provides its own stakeholder pension scheme, providing working people and their families with a first class way to save for retirement. To find out more go to [TUC Stakeholder Pension Scheme].


Commenting ahead of the four-day strike by firefighters in England over government-imposed changes to their pension scheme, the TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady today (Thursday) said: “Once again the government is showing its contempt for public service workers. Evidence warns that raising the normal retirement age for firefighters would lead...
30 October 2014
Responding to the publication today (Tuesday) of the government’s Taxation of Pensions Bill, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Re-announcing his plans to allow the over-55s to dip into their pension pots does not make George Osborne's hastily cobbled-together policy any less rash. “The suggestion that savers could treat their...
14 October 2014
This issue updates you on a number of subjects including the Chancellor’s surprise Budget announcement overhauling how people can access pension savings, the Pensions Regulator’s new DB funding code and the threat that the draft IORP Directive from the European Commission poses to lay trustee governance
02 September 2014
Three in five of the UK’s top directors are now receiving cash payments – almost £33m last year – instead of contributions to their pension schemes, says the TUC in its latest annual PensionsWatch survey released today (Tuesday).
02 September 2014
Commenting on new research published today (Tuesday) by the Department for Work and Pensions showing that three quarters of the population are aware of automatic enrolment into workplace pensions, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
19 August 2014
Commenting on the news today (Thursday) that 4 million people have now been auto-enrolled to workplace pensions, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady, said: “It is welcome news that four million people have been auto-enrolled into a workplace pension, but we must now build on this success. Many people in low-paid...
14 August 2014
Commenting on the publication today (Monday) of the results of the government’s consultation over pensions reforms that were announced in the 2014 Budget, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
21 July 2014
Trade unions have pressed for equalisation of survivor benefits for decades. Successive governments have recognised that discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation is wrong and have legislated to stop it occurring. But by failing to fully backdate the entitlement to equal survivor pensions such discrimination will continue for some...
02 July 2014
Some widowers, surviving civil partners and same-sex spouses receive a lot less each year than widows just because of their gender and/or sexual orientation.
20 June 2014
The TUC’s new pensions policy officer Tim Sharp has started work at its central London headquarters. Tim will lead on pensions and investments issues at Congress House, including the roll-out of auto-enrolment, the introduction of collective DC pensions and changes to the annuities market.
16 June 2014

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