Data from UK Pension Reforms (1997-2015)

This dataset contains video content created and documents collected by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath for the research project ‘Pension Reforms in the UK: 1997 to 2015’, funded by the National Employment Savings Trust (Nest) Insight.

The pension reforms that were initiated in the early 2000s with the 'Turner' Pensions Commission, and implemented during the 2010s, represent a milestone in the history of UK pensions provision. The ‘Pension Reforms in the UK’ project is about bringing together existing information on these reforms and augmenting it with new material and content. This dataset is part of that work and aims ultimately to contribute to a UK Pension Reforms Archive.

The dataset contains 24 elite semi-structured video interviews with former UK prime ministers, secretaries of state, ministers, special advisers, Pensions Commission’s members, civil servants, stakeholders, academics and journalists, and 97 documents related to the reforms. The files are freely available for researchers and anyone who is interested in the UK's pension reforms or policy change more widely, to review and use in an appropriate manner.

The dataset is divided into four stages of reform:

- Stage 1: Pensions in the later 1990s and early 2000s;
- Stage 2: The Pensions Commission (2002-2006);
- Stage 3: Policy enactment (2006-2010);
- Stage 4: Implementation (2010-2015).

You can also watch a 10-minute summary video with highlights of the interviews with participants.

pension reforms, politics, Turner Pensions Commission, United Kingdom, politicians, state actors, interest groups, consensus, expert advice, implementation, oral history, semi-structured interviews, multi-pillar pension systems, behavioural economics, policy change, policy success, automatic enrolment, NEST, basic state pension, Labour party, Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition
Political science and international studies
Social policy

Cite this dataset as:
Pearce, N., Massala, T., 2020. Data from UK Pension Reforms (1997-2015). Bath: University of Bath Research Data Archive. Available from:


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Nick Pearce
University of Bath

Thomais Massala
University of Bath


University of Bath
Rights Holder


Collection date(s):

From 18 March 2019 to 30 June 2019

Temporal coverage:

From 1997 to 2015

Geographical coverage:

United Kingdom


Nest Insight

UK Pension Reforms (1997-2015): Elite and Expert Interviews

Pensions Reform in the UK (NEST)

UK Pension Reforms (1997-2015)

Publication details

Publication date: 31 December 2020
by: University of Bath

Version: 1


URL for this record:

Related papers and books

Pearce, N., and Massala, T., 2020. Pension Reforms in the UK: 1997 to 2015. London: Nest Insight. Available from:

Massala, T., and Pearce, N., 2021. Statecraft and incremental change: Explaining the success of pension reforms in the United Kingdom. The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 24(4), 649-667. Available from:

Contact information

Please contact the Research Data Service in the first instance for all matters concerning this item.

Contact person: Thomais Massala


Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Politics, Languages and International Studies
Social & Policy Sciences

Research Centres & Institutes
Institute for Policy Research (IPR)