Useful sites

There may be times when you may want more information about pensions and finance so we have put together a number of sites that may be of interest.

• General Finance
• The Pensions industry
• Regulatory Bodies
• Government Sites
• Pensioner Organisations

General Finance

The following site is a good starting point for more information about pensions and finance in general.

These sites contain lots of useful information about different types of investment:

Money Advice Service
Impartial information from the Money Advice Service (set up by the Government and funded by a levy on the Financial Services Industry)

National Savings
Financial Times - Your Money

Find an IFA
Find an Independent Financial Advisor on this site.

Learn about Money
Financial education site, sponsored by the Pre-Retirement Association and a number of blue-chip companies

Money Observer
Consumer Financial Magazine

The Pensions industry

Association of Consulting Actuaries (ACA)
The ACA official website gives general information on the work of consulting actuaries and access to many publications.

The Actuarial Profession
Jointly, the Faculty of Actuaries in Scotland and Institute of Actuaries have produced a website for the actuarial profession. Amongst other things, the site explains what an actuary is and what they do.

National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF)
The NAPF is the principal UK body representing the occupational pensions movement. Their website contains the latest information on the issues affecting the pensions industry.

Regulatory Bodies

Financial Services Authority (FSA)
The FSA is an independent non-governmental body that regulates the financial services industry. You might find their site useful if you want to know more about your rights as a consumer of financial products.

Pensions Advisory Service (OPAS)
OPAS is an independent and voluntary organisation that gives free help and advice to members of the public who have a problem concerning either a company or personal pension scheme. Their website explains what OPAS does and contains helpful leaflets.

Pensions Ombudsman
The Pensions Ombudsman investigates and decides complaints and disputes about the way that pension schemes are run. The official website provides information to members of the public and gives details of the Ombudsman's powers, procedures and determinations. Please note that if you have a complaint against the Lifestyle Plan, you should go through the Internal Dispute Resolution process first.

Government Sites

The Pension Service
Request a state pension forecast here. Also lots of useful information from the official government site.

Government Information Service
The Government Information Service website is a first entry point to all the UK public sector information on the internet.

Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO)
The HMSO website gives you access to all Government publications, including Acts of Parliament and Statutory Instruments.

Inland Revenue
The Inland Revenue website features news and information on UK tax and National Insurance matters.

National Statistics
The National Statistics website contains the latest comprehensive range of official UK statistics and information about statistics.

The Treasury's website contains lots of information about the economy including relevant information about Budgets past and present.

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
The DWP website gives details on all benefits, services, grants and credits provided.

Pensioner Organisations

Age Concern
Age Concern is the leading charitable movement in the UK concerned with ageing and older people. The national website provides practical information and tells you how to contact your local Age Concern.

Help the Aged
Help the Aged is a UK-based charity, which provides practical support to help older people live independent lives. Their website contains useful advice and information.

Citizens Advice Bureau
The National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux is a professional national agency offering free, independent and confidential advice. The 'Advice guide' function on their website gives basic advice.

Saga Magazine
Saga Magazine is the UK's largest monthly magazine exclusively for people aged 50 and over. Their website contains a discussion group for sharing your views as well as a copy of the current issue.

Pensioners' Guide
The Pensioners' Guide is provided by the Government to give you help and advice on matters such as money, tax and health.

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