We set out final rules and guidance requiring FCA regulated pension providers to provide and enable information about personal and stakeholder pensions for pensions dashboards. We also respond to feedback on CP22/3.
July 2023 update
In line with the Government’s recently approved Pensions Dashboards (Amendment) Regulations 2023 which set a new statutory connection deadline for occupational scheme trustees, we have revised our rules to align with the new deadline, 31 October 2026.
In addition, the Minister for Pensions confirmed in June that a staging timeline will be set out separately in guidance. The Government and the Pensions Dashboard Programme (PDP) will collaborate with industry to develop this connection guidance. All firms in scope of these rules must have regard to this guidance when published.
What we are changing
Our final rules require that FCA regulated pension providers must:
- complete connection to the digital architecture operated by the Pensions Dashboard Programme – which is a function of the Money and Pensions Service (MaPS)
- be ready to receive requests to find pensions, and search records for data matches
- be ready to return pensions information to the consumer’s chosen pensions dashboard
Who this is for
This publication will primarily interest:
- providers of individual and group stakeholder and personal pensions, such as life insurance companies and operators of self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs)
- bodies representing the interests of consumers
- trade bodies representing pension providers
It will also interest:
- third party pensions administrators and software providers
- parties interested in offering a commercial integrated service solution to pension providers
- decumulation-only providers that are interested in offering accumulation products in the future
- individuals and firms providing advice and information in this area
Firms must implement our final rules by 31 October 2026. A staging timeline, developed by Government and the PDP, will be set out separately in guidance. We will update this page when the guidance is published.
Making these final rules satisfies a statutory duty placed on us by the Pension Schemes Act 2021. Together with the Government’s regulations (which contain corresponding requirements for trustees of occupational pension schemes) and the MaPS’ standards published by Pensions Dashboard Programme, our rules contribute to making pensions dashboards a reality.
Pensions dashboards are secure digital interfaces that enable consumers to find and view simple information about their pensions that are not yet in payment. By equipping people with basic information about the pensions they have, consumers may find it easier to plan for retirement, get advice or guidance, and ultimately make informed decisions.