The Pensions Regulator and the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) have jointly published an up-to-date picture of the UK’s final salary pensions universe which affects more than 12.5 million people.

Known as “the Purple Book” (arising out of its formal title, Pensions Universe Risk Profile), it was first published in December 2006, and it is intended to increase knowledge and help understanding of DB schemes in the UK. It is an annual publication that pulls together the latest data and analysis of the final salary pension landscape, covering areas such as scheme size, industry-type, funding levels, rates of insolvency and the way assets are invested.

The revised version, known as the Purple Book 2007, also contains new information about the number and size of claims on the PPF, a breakdown of levy payments made by eligible schemes and the number of people benefiting from PPF protection.

The Purple Book 2007 is available at :  http://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/pdf/purpleBook2007.pdf