Programme phases

Implementing pensions dashboards is a significant undertaking and is constrained by several dependencies. Given the scale and complexity of the UK pensions industry, we will need a staged approach to the onboarding of providers and schemes.

Pensions dashboards will only be made publicly available when:

  • the security of the ecosystem is fully assured
  • the user experience has been extensively and robustly tested
  • user behaviours have been understood and any adverse impacts or unintended consequences mitigated
  • the right rules and regulations are in place
  • the service has enough coverage of pension providers/schemes and enough information about those pensions so that it demonstrably meets a user need and is useful to a significant majority of people

We have broken the delivery of the programme into six distinct phases, each of which contains several wide-ranging and complex dependencies.

Programme mobilisation – complete

From 2019

This phase involved moving the programme out of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and into MaPS. DWP set a number of criteria to complete, including the appointment of a Principal, setting up a steering group and an initial setup plan.

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Programme setup and planning

From 2020

This phase involves setting up the programme, which includes recruiting the team, agreeing the architecture, setting up working groups, seeking approval to commence procurement for a supplier or suppliers for the digital architecture and setting the first iteration of data standards. Procuring the digital architecture.

Phase one detail

April 2021
• digital architecture Invitation to Tender (ITT) published
May 2021
• submission deadline for digital architecture ITT
• Call for Input on staging published
• update on technical specifications published, with detail from ITT
July 2021
• release of the voluntary onboarding plan
• publication of the consumer protection discussion paper, including the liability paper
• identity service Invitation to Tender (ITT) published
• ERI update
August 2021
• update on technical specifications, with detail from identity service ITT
September 2021
• digital architecture provider contract signed
October 2021
• onboarding of the digital architecture provider
• service standards v1 published

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Develop and test phase

From 2021

Upon the completion of our procurement, we will work closely with our chosen supplier(s) to quickly onboard them and begin building, integration and testing of the digital architecture. During this time, we will continue to develop design and service standards and select the first dashboard providers for user testing.

Phase two detail

November
• selection of volunteer data and dashboard providers for technical development testing
• start of technical development, integration and architecture testing with volunteer providers
December
• DWP consults on draft regulations, including staging
January 2022
• issue of detailed implementation plan, including technical specifications

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Voluntary onboarding and ongoing testing

From 2022

This is the point at which we will connect volunteer pension schemes and providers to the service, using real data. It also represents the point at which the programme is most reliant on other organisations’ willingness to participate, before they are required to by law.

Phase three detail

Spring 2022
• voluntary onboarding commences
• identity service provider contract signed
• onboarding of the identity service provider

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Staged onboarding and dashboards available point

From 2023

In this phase, schemes and providers will begin to be compelled to connect to the ecosystem by law. We will reach the ‘dashboards available point’ during this phase, when the number of pensions being findable will be sufficient for it to be of use to a critical mass of consumers. We do not yet have enough information to specify exactly when this will be.

Phase four detail

April 2023
• staged onboarding commences

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Transition to business as usual

This phase assumes a high level of coverage, meaning that the service is running in a steady state and can be transitioned into an ongoing delivery and maintenance arrangement. The timing of this phase is to be determined.

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Read our latest Progress Update Report for more information on the work we are doing on pensions dashboards, including a high level activity plan.

For more information that relates to our programme phase plan, please see our

programme timeline

data providers timeline