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Informing the Policy Debate

Current Research

We have established a strong reputation within the pension industry, in Government circles and with the media for our independent, evidence-based analysis and comment in the field of pensions and retirement policy. Our research findings are used extensively by Government decision-makers and advisers, other political parties, pension and savings providers, employers and trade unions, academics, commentators and the wider public. 

We are always interested in ideas and suggestions for topics for future research and Briefing Notes.

Why should you sponsor PPI Research?

Thought Leadership: Influence your organisation’s internal thinking: our reports offer the unique opportunity for sponsors to develop discussions and inform the debate based upon objective and independent factual research.

Branding Acknowledgement: within the report and on all subsequent advertising material

Affiliation with the PPI: The PPI is a not-for-profit organisation, by supporting the PPI you will be aligning your values with a greater good and taking action to have a positive effect. Supporting the PPI shows commitment to your companies CSR within the pensions and retirement sector.

"Our research assists in the creation of a better policy and regulatory environment."


Please contact Sarah Luheshi, PPI Deputy Director at if you have any ideas and suggestions or wish to discuss any of the work we undertake.



Briefing Notes and Reports

We produce Briefing Notes on topical policy issues – please click here to see our more recent publications. In addition, we will sometimes publish reports on such topics, where they merit a more detailed investigation. 

Consultation Responses

We respond to major Government consultations, Select Committees or other Parliamentary Inquiries on policy on pensions and retirement provision. Please click here to see our more recent submissions. 

The Pensions Primer: a guide to the UK pensions system

This guide gives a detailed description of the current UK pensions system. The guide is intended for people wanting to learn about the UK pensions policy framework.

We will be producing an updated guide for 2019 reflecting policy changes and benefit uprating announcements. The Primer reflects the current position of, and legislated future changes to, the UK pension system.. Please click here for the current version (updated June 2018).

Pensions Facts

We maintain a compendium of key facts and statistics on pensions and retirement provision in the UK. The aim is to collate into a single place a range of different statistics on demographic change, key state pension and private pension indicators. Key tables will be updated as new data becomes available. Pensions Facts can be viewed here.

Pensions Modelling and Development

The PPI has constructed a suite of micro-simulation models to analyse long-term outcomes from the current UK pensions system and possible reforms. Each year the PPI conducts a model update exercise in which the latest data are incorporated and the long-term assumptions are reviewed. 

DWP Social and Economic Research Framework

The PPI is on the DWP’s Social and Economic Research Framework under the policy areas of Pensions and Ageing. The PPI welcomes contact with regards to collaborative work in these research areas.

Sponsored research can take different forms, and we are always looking for input from our members to feed into our research agenda. If you would like to discuss our current agenda or potential ideas for research please contact Sarah Luheshi, Deputy Director,

Sponsorship is given to help fund the research, and does not necessarily imply agreement with, or support for, the analysis or findings from the project.


Our current 2019 research agenda

Project Name Sponsoring Organisation 
Increased AE saving Which?
Impact of different tax relief systems NOW:Pensions
Illiquid investments BlackRock
Care funding Association of British Insurers 
Charging structures Smart Pension 
Secured finance AXA IM

We are currently considering long term projects to apply for grant funding. If you would like to partner with us we would like to hear from you.

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