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Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4587

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives


Date(s): 2001-2007

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 0.45 linear metres.

Name of creator(s): Raising Standards in Pensions Administration x Pensions Administration Standards Association


Administrative/Biographical history:

Raising Standards in Pensions Administration (RSPA) was established in 2002 after concerns were raised about the quality of the administrative services which were available to small pension schemes.

The issue of poor administration was first raised by Brian Fyfe of the small Engineers' and Managers Association pension scheme at the 2000 National Association of Pension Funds conference. This was further explored by Dunnett Shaw and Partners Limited, pension scheme administration advisors, who hosted workshops and held discussions with senior figures in the pensions industry to investigate the administration of pension schemes in 2001. This led to the production of a discussion paper on raising the standard of pension scheme administrative (see LMA/4587/B/01/001). This discussion paper formed part of a wider effort within the pension industry to improve pensions administration which ultimately led to the establishment of the RSPA: an open meeting on this subject hosted by the Occupational Pensions Defence Union in September 2001 led to the establishment of a steering committee led by Jocelyn Blackwell, Managing Director of Dunnett Shaw, in January 2002.

The RSPA's initial aim was to produce guidance notes to improve administrative standards, with the guidance notes being written by volunteers organised into working groups working on different sections of the proposed guidance: 'Starting a Pension Scheme', 'On-going Administration', 'Changing Administrators' and 'Winding up a Pension Scheme'. This was published in 2003.

In 2003 RSPA was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee, and in December 2004 it was registered as a charity. After the publication of the guidance notes, RSPA worked on a pilot survey of members to assess the quality of delivery of administrative services, and working groups looked at preparing additional guidance, revising existing guidance and developing a website.

The RSPA is run by a board of trustees, with chairman, secretary and treasurer. A compliance committee monitors compliance issues particularly relating to fundraising. In April 2011 RSPA was rebranded as the Pensions Administration Standards Association, and continues to focus on setting standards of pension administration for the range of providers and has an additional goal of becoming an independent accreditation body.

Sources of information:, and [accessed 26 Jun 2011].


Scope and content/abstract:

The collection comprises primarily of the Raising Standards in Pensions Administration's secretary's papers, along with a copy of Dunnett Shaw's report on raising the standards of pension administration from 2001.

The secretary's papers comprise:

(a) Copies of documents relating to the formation of the organisation and its registration as a charity; (b) Copies of minutes and papers for the Trustees, Steering Committee, Working Groups and Compliance Committee; (c) Copies of minutes and papers of the organisation's Annual General Meetings; and (d) The secretary's correspondence and associated papers.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

LMA/4587/A: Administrative records; LMA/4587/B: Publications.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in 2009, with additional deposit in 2012.


Related material:

This collection forms part of the Pensions Archive.


Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Records prepared May to September 2011.

Financial administration | Finance
Pension services | Financial service industries | Service industries
Pensions | Social security | Social services

Personal names

Corporate names
Raising Standards in Pensions Administration x Pensions Administration Standards Association