Government websites on pensions

Direct.gov

Government information and public services online.

Department for Work and Pensions

The Department for Work and Pensions.

Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs ensure the correct tax is paid at the right time.

MoneyHelper

MoneyHelper joins up money and pensions guidance to make it quicker and easier to find the right help. It brings together the support and services of three government-backed financial guidance providers: the Money Advice Service, the Pensions Advisory Service and Pension Wise.

Free online resources such as MoneyHelper or the Local Government Pension Scheme website are great for building up your pensions knowledge and guiding you through the important issues you face at retirement. Rather than providing general guidance an Independent Financial Adviser (IFA) will review your individual circumstances, finances and retirement goals and make a recommendation specific to your personal situation. Not everyone will want to pay for an IFA, but if you do, it’s essential to use one that is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). If you need advice about transferring your pension savings, you should talk to an IFA qualified in this area.

You can find a local FCA-regulated IFA using the ‘Find a regulated financial adviser’ tool from MoneyHelper.

The Pension Service

For information about state pensions please contact The Pensions Service. Find out the age at which you can claim your state pension.

The Pension Tracing Service

If you were in another scheme in the past and you have lost touch with them, then this central body should be able to help you trace them.

The Pensions Regulator

The Pensions Regulator is a pensions watchdog which makes sure schemes are run properly, and protects members against fraud. Anyone who is worried about a scheme can 'blow the whistle' to The Pensions Regulator.

The Pensions Ombudsman

The Pensions Ombudsman was set up under the Pensions Act, and may investigate and determine any complaint or dispute of fact or law in relation to a pension scheme.

 

Local Government Pension Scheme information

The Local Government Pension Scheme.

The website covers employees in England, Wales and provides up-to-date information on the new LGPS scheme applying from 1 April 2014.

Local Government Pension Scheme Annual Report

The latest Annual Report for the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) in England and Wales.

Financial services websites

Unbiased.co.uk

Find an independent financial adviser. Make sure they understand the LGPS.

Financial Conduct Authority

UK financial services information. Financial products and money saving tips.

Money Magpie

The UK's leading self-help money site.

Money Saving Expert

Visit for advice on reducing your costs. 

Other useful websites

Local Government Pensions Committee

Supports local authorities in their human resources role. They do this by providing expert advice and information on people management and development in local government, and leading the formulation of policy on some employer issues.

Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities (DLUHC)

Responsible for policy areas from both the old Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions and Cabinet Office.

Age UK

Age Concern support all people over 50 in the UK, ensuring that they get the most from life. They provide essential services such as day care and information. They also campaign on issues like age discrimination and pensions, and work to influence public opinion and government policy about older people.

Citizens Advice

The Citizens Advice service helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free information and advice from over 3,000 locations, and by influencing policymakers. Details of local Citizens Advice bureaus can be found by visiting the Citizens Advice website.

Phoenix Life 

Visit for useful advice on identifying and avoiding pension scams.

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