24 October 2006 – DWP announcement

The Minister of State for Pensions (in the 3rd Blair Labour Government) James Purnell announces the scrapping of the Online Retirement Planner.  The reason given was that “delivering accurate online information about state pensions would become increasingly difficult given the uncertainty about the exact shape of future provision”.


17 December 2002 – DWP announcement

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (in the 2nd Blair Labour Government) Andrew Smith publishes a green paper entitled Simplicity, security and choice: Working and saving for retirement which proposed creating a web-based retirement planning tool (the Online Retirement Planner).  The idea was that the tool could enable people to view their total projected pension income (from all their state, workplace and personal pension arrangements), as well as offering a facility to enable people to trace old pensions.  The green paper suggested that the planner could be run by the Government, by the pensions industry, or by the two in partnership.