PDP moving towards procurement after doubling in size

The Pensions Dashboards Programme (PDP) has doubled in size in the last 12 months, with the project now moving towards procurement and further collaboration with pension providers and schemes.

A blog post from PDP principal, Chris Curry, said the project had “built a strong team, with a range of skills and expertise, who support each other admirably to overcome the continued challenges we face” and noted that there was “optimism” within the PDP amid continued progress.

While 2020 saw the project publish a timeline, release data standards and conduct research in order to develop an understanding of data standards, procurement and user needs, the year ahead will see the project begin its procurement process for major features of digital infrastructure.

Specifically, PDP will be procuring solutions for the consent and authorisation service, where dashboard users will provide their permission to start the search activity and the pension finder service itself.

Alongside this, it will be sourcing the framework for digital identity verification, working with stakeholders to aid the selection of a system which will aim to ensure dashboard users are who they say they are.

Curry also pointed to the development of an onboarding strategy as a “key focus” for 2021, stating that the project would work with providers and schemes to provide more detail on staging dates and adding that PDP remained “keen to hear from stakeholders about areas where individuals, schemes and providers require further guidance and support”.

Research will also continue, with PDP having appointed Ipsos Mori to carry out “a substantial programme of research”, while work is currently ongoing to explore user needs and expectations.

Finally, the blog pointed out that another “significant milestone” in the year ahead was the Pensions Schemes Bill passing into law, as the legislation will compel providers and schemes to provide the necessary data to populate any completed dashboards.

Curry commented: “When you add in the business as usual of programme governance, reporting and further communications activity, plus work on consumer protection and the liability model, it’s clearly going to be another busy year for the PDP. And there will be brighter days ahead.”

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