Department for Work and Pensions

Pensions are complicated enough as it is, and there are lots of changes happening which make them seen even more confusing. But don't worry, we've got the key facts which you need to know. Take a few moments to find out what is happening and how it affects you – and you could be better off in your retirement. The interactive timeline below will tell you everything you need to know. Just hover over and click on the different dates to find what is happening.

  • JAN2015
  • FEB2015
  • APR2015
  • OCT2015
  • APR2016
  • January 2015: Automatic enrolment
    In January 2015, the government announced that 5 million people had been enrolled into a workplace pension. Click here to find out how it affects you...
  • February 2015: Get your State Pension statement
    In February 2015 the government extended the age that you can get a State Pension statement, meaning people aged 55 and over can find out their entitlement. Click here to find out how to get your statement...
  • April 2015: Pension freedoms and Pension Wise
    From 6th April 2015 people who retire will have more choices for how to use their pension pots, and the free guidance service Pension Wise will go live. Click here to find out more...
  • October 2015: State Pension top up
    From 12th October 2015 people who are already retired will be able to 'top up' their State Pension by up to £25 a week, through this new government scheme. Click here to find out more...
  • April 2016: State Pension changes
    The State Pension is changing on 6th April 2016, meaning that everyone who retires after that date will get the new State Pension. Click here to find out more...

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