Consultation outcome

Defined benefit pension schemes: security and sustainability

This consultation has concluded

Detail of outcome

We published Protecting defined benefit pension schemes on 19 March 2018.

Feedback received

Summary of responses to the consultation 'Security and Sustainability in Defined Benefit Pension Schemes'

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Detail of feedback received

We published the summary of responses to the consultation on 19 March 2018.

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Original consultation


We are seeking views on a number of suggested measures to help ensure security and sustainability in defined benefit (DB) pension schemes.

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Consultation description

This consultation seeks views on a number of suggested measures to help ensure a secure and sustainable defined benefit (DB) pension schemes sector. It covers a number of areas across:

  • funding and investment
  • employer contributions and affordability
  • member protection
  • consolidation of DB schemes

The consultation relates only to private sector DB schemes and is not concerned with other types of pension provision, such as public service pension schemes or other DB schemes.

This consultation is aimed at:

  • members of DB pension schemes
  • employers
  • trustees
  • pensions professionals


Published 20 February 2017
Last updated 19 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added a summary of the responses received and a link to the consultation outcome – the paper 'Protecting defined benefit pension schemes' (19 March 2018).

  2. Added a link to the "Respond online" option.

  3. Amended labeling to Figure 2 on page 21 in 'Security and Sustainability in Defined Benefit Pension Schemes' and print-ready PDF. Also amended third bullet point on page 28, para 106 so it refers to Figure 9 instead of Figure 8.

  4. First published.