Welcome to The Occupational Pensioners' Alliance Website.
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OPA expresses the views of all member associations whether
representatives of traditional Final Salary Schemes (Defined Benefit),
Defined Contribution Schemes and deferred members, or hybrids of
these types of scheme.
The Alliance policy is determined by the Council in
consultation with its member associations. It lobbies parliament and
responds to government enquiries on any matters concerning occupational
pensions. Our constitution is available here.
OPA's services to members include keeping members informed on current
pension issues and offering advice based on other member associations'
experiences (but not legal advice).
also conducted surveys of its members' schemes between 2008 and 2012 to
help the council formulate our policies. Please see how you can help in this.
OPA also offers to those who do not have their own websites the hosting
of single webpages to publicise details of individual member
Initial History, Recent Events and Changes to The OPA:
been active since 2003/4 after a merger of COPAS and The Royal Mail and BT
Pensioner Associations and other Associations subsequently. In 2006 Gordon Williams, Council Member and representative
of ROPA created the OPA Website using the Domain name previously registered by
Brian Marks also a Council Member and first Chair of OPA.
Sadly both these
senior members passed away during the last six months of 2012. This unexpected
development, coupled with the retirement of Roger Turner as Executive Secretary
in September 2012, has removed three very important contributors to the
formation of OPA which has become a welcome force on the national pensions
scene including occupational pensions. Fortunately OPA’s Council and its
current organisation have been able to rise to the challenges of coping with
these personnel changes and the impact on its organisation and communications.
Tributes and Acknowledgements:
We are very grateful
to Hazel Marks, Brian’s widow, for her recent assistance in helping to access
the relevant information to restore the OPA Website. We can now build upon the
impressive efforts undertaken by Gordon Williams
since 2006 creating some 60 Web Pages of Occupational Pensions Information, including
Reports with Surveys and Statistics , past legislation and even how to form a
We are also wish to
record our thanks to the Williams’ family,
especially Shirley, Gordon’s widow and her daughter, Lyn Smith in helping to
ascertain how we may restore the Website operation as it had overlapped on
certain key pages with the ROPA Website.
Personally I am also
grateful to Alan Ford of Trafalgar House Pensioners’ Association and an OPA
Council Member who reminded me of a local company contact (Cyber Central) in
Thanet which had the website knowledge and expertise to make the requisite changes
to restore the OPA Website to function again and resume as an effective
Chair of OPA
Last website update: 5th March 2013.