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When your scheme needs to connect with dashboards

Pension schemes will connect to dashboards over time according to their size and type. The current proposed deadlines are set out below. Check the final regulations when they are published later this year to confirm your deadline.

Your connection deadline is calculated based on the total number of active and deferred members across all sections of the scheme at the scheme year end that fell between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021. You should not include pensioner members in your count. If you did not have 100 or more active and deferred members at scheme year end 2020 to 2021, but you do now, see the section on ‘schemes newly in scope’ below.

Your deadline applies to the whole scheme. If your scheme has multiple sections or your members have additional voluntary contributions (AVCs) in the scheme, these will all need to be connected by the same deadline. You will need to work with your administrators and AVC providers to ensure your whole scheme is connected.

Your connection deadline will not change if your scheme changes size, unless you fall out of scope of the requirements entirely, for example if all your members become pensioner members.

Connection deadlines

Master trusts

Number of active and deferred members Connection deadline
20,000 or more
31 August 2023
10,000 to 19,999
30 September 2023
5,000 to 9,999
31 October 2023
2,500 to 4,999
31 January 2024
1,000 to 2,499
29 February 2024

DC schemes used for automatic enrolment

Number of active and deferred members Connection deadline
10,000 or more
30 September 2023
5,000 to 9,999
31 October 2023
2,500 to 4,999
31 January 2024
1,000 to 2,499 29 February 2024

CDC schemes

Number of active and deferred members Connection deadline
All sizes
30 April 2024

DB schemes, all other DC schemes and all hybrid schemes (including hybrid master trusts and hybrid CDCs)

Number of active and deferred members Connection deadline
20,000 or more
30 November 2023
10,000 to 19,999
31 March 2024
5,000 to 9,999
30 June 2024
2,500 to 4,999 31 July 2024
1,500 to 2,499
31 August 2024
1,000 to 1,499
30 September 2024

Public service schemes

Number of active and deferred members Connection deadline
All sizes
30 September 2024

Schemes for members of the UK or Welsh Parliaments

Number of active and deferred members Connection deadline
1,000 or more
30 September 2024

Schemes with 100 to 999 relevant members

Number of active and deferred members Connection deadline
850 to 999
31 October 2024
750 to 849
30 November 2024
600 to 749
31 January 2025
500 to 599
28 February 2025
400 to 499
31 March 2025
320 to 399
30 April 2025
250 to 319
31 May 2025
195 to 249
31 July 2025
155 to 194
31 August 2025
125 to 154
30 September 2025
100 to 124
31 October 2025

Schemes with 99 or fewer active and deferred members are not in scope of the draft regulations but they may be included in future legislation. They can apply to connect on a voluntary basis.

You will have a window of one month before your deadline in which to connect to the system (sometimes referred to as the ‘connection window’). If your scheme is one of the largest master trusts with a deadline of 30 August 2023 you will have a window of five months.

Connecting earlier than your deadline

You can choose to connect earlier than your window. For instance, you may want your members to be able to find you on dashboards sooner, or it may make practical sense to do so (for example if you operate several schemes, and you want to connect them all at once). However, you must be able to find members and send them data as soon as you are connected.

You will need to apply to the Money and Pensions Service (MaPS). You can find out more in their draft guidance on early connection. Talk to your administrator or provider if you would like to connect early, and allow at least two months for the application process ahead of when you’d like to connect.

Small and micro occupational schemes can also apply for permission to connect on a voluntary basis.

Deferring your deadline

You may be able to apply to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) for a one-off deferral to your connection deadline where you are in the process of changing administrator. You will need to do this within 12 months of the regulations coming into force and as early as possible to ensure your application can be considered in time, and in any case no later than two months before your connection deadline. You will need to demonstrate that it will be disproportionately burdensome or put the personal data of members at risk to connect by your deadline. The maximum deferral you can receive is 12 months. The DWP will provide more information on this process in the autumn.

Schemes newly in scope

If you reach the 100 or more active and deferred member threshold at a scheme year end between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2023, you will be required to connect by the later of:

  • six months after the end of the scheme year in which that threshold was reached
  • the connection deadline for schemes of your size and type as set out above

Case example

  • Your scheme year ends on 31 March.
  • On 31 March 2021, you had 95 active and deferred members so you were not in scope of the regulations.
  • On 31 March 2022, you had 254 active and deferred members so your scheme came into scope of the regulations.
  • If you were to connect six months from 31 March 2022, your deadline would be 30 September 2022.
  • However, other schemes of your size have a deadline of 31 May 2025.
  • Therefore, your deadline is 31 May 2025.

Schemes in PPF assessment

Schemes in PPF assessment are not required to connect by their deadline. If the scheme then exits PPF assessment but does not enter the PPF, it will need to connect by the original deadline, or six months from the end of the assessment period, whichever comes last.  

The above only applies where the whole scheme is in PPF assessment. If only a section of your scheme is in assessment, your connection duties still apply.

1. Overview
Connecting to pensions dashboards