Personal pensions: contribution and tax relief statistics

HMRC statistics on contributions to personal pensions and the overall cost of private pension tax relief.

These statistics provide:

  • the value of contributions to non-occupational personal pensions
  • tax relief estimates for employer and individual contributions to personal and occupational non-state registered pension schemes
  • statistics on Annual Allowance and Lifetime Allowance charges
  • statistics on Flexible payments from pensions

Headlines and commentary are available in the main publication document. Methodology is explained in the background and methodology document.

Some previous updates to these statistics can now be found on the National Archives website.

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Published 30 September 2021
Last updated 28 October 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated body of the text. Replaced old links with updated new ones.

  2. Added a link to the new page for Personal and stakeholder pensions statistics.

  3. First published.

  4. Added June 2021 release of Tables 7 and 8.

  5. Added the annexed tables 3,4, and 5 to the collection under a newly created National Statistics group.

  6. Changes to the description of statistics to include more information and a change in the links to represent the new structure of the tables that are published, which has been reflected in the body.

  7. Updates to Tables PEN1, PEN2, PEN2.1, PEN2.2, PEN3, PEN4, PEN5 and PEN6.

  8. Updated tables PEN3, PEN4 and PEN5 to include 2017 data. Added tables PEN7 and PEN8.

  9. Updates to Tables PEN3, PEN4 and PEN5.

  10. Updates to Tables PEN1, PEN2, PEN2.1, PEN2.2 and PEN6.

  11. Updates to Tables PEN1, PEN2, PEN2.1, PEN2.2 and PEN6.

  12. Updated tables PEN3, PEN4 and PEN5 for 2013-14.

  13. Tables updated for 2013-14

  14. Various tables updated for 2012-13

  15. Various tables updated to February 28th 2014.