The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has issued a written ministerial statement providing an update on the publication of connection guidance which includes the new staging timeline for connecting to pensions dashboards.

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Programme timeline

The phases

Our timeline outlines the phased approach to the delivery of pensions dashboards.

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Phase 0

Programme mobilisation

This phase involved moving the programme out of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and into MaPS. DWP set a number of criteria to complete, including the appointment of a Principal, setting up a steering group and an initial setup plan.

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Phase 1

Programme setup and planning

This phase involved setting up the programme, which included recruiting the team, agreeing the architecture, setting up working groups, seeking approval to commence procurement for a supplier or suppliers for the digital architecture and setting the first iteration of data standards – and procuring the digital architecture.

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Phase 2

Develop and test phase

Upon the completion of our procurement, we worked with our chosen supplier to begin building, integration and testing of the central digital architecture. During this time, we continued to develop standards.

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Phase 3

Voluntary connection and ongoing testing

This is the point at which we will connect volunteer pension schemes and providers to the service, using real data. It also represents the point at which the programme is most reliant on other organisations’ willingness to participate, before they are required to by law.

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Phase 4

Connection and dashboards available point

In this phase, schemes and providers will begin to connect to the pensions dashboards ecosystem. We will reach the ‘dashboards available point’ during this phase.

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Phase 5

Transition to business as usual

This phase assumes a high level of coverage, meaning that the service can be transitioned into an ongoing delivery and maintenance arrangement.