Normal Retirement Age
- Contributions: member pays 1.5% of Pensionable Salary
- Pension builds up based on pensionable salary and pensionable service, using the following formula:
- 1/60th x final pensionable salary x pensionable service
- Normal retirement date is 62nd birthday for men and women
On ill-health retirement
Ill-health retirement pension will be calculated in the same way as pension at your normal retirement date, but using your final pensionable service at the date of leaving the Plan, increased by the lesser of ten years and prospective pensionable service to age 65.
On death in service
The benefits are:
- A lump sum of four times your pensionable salary
- A spouse’s pension equivalent to 50% of your pension calculated as if you had retired on ill-health the day before the date of death
- Children’s pensions of 18.75% of what would have been your deferred benefit had you left service on the day before death, for each dependent child (two maximum)
The benefits set out above relate to anyone who dies in service before Normal Retirement Age, or after Normal Retirement Age where the member has continued to pay contributions. Members who are in service after Normal Retirement Age but who are no longer paying contributions should consult the “Death in retirement” section of this page which lists the benefits payable if they die in service.
You have the following options:
- Leave your pensions benefits with the Plan. You are known as a deferred member, or;
- Transfer the value of your deferred pension to another registered pension arrangement
Deferred pension increase
Deferred benefits increase each year by the following:
- Any Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP) benefits are increased at a fixed rate depending on your date of leaving
- The remaining benefits are increased in line with inflation, up to a maximum of:
- 5% in respect of service up to 5 April 2009, and;
- 2.5% in respect of service after that date
You may exchange some pension for tax-free cash within statutory limits. Early retirement is possible from age 55. It you are under age 60, a reduction will be made to take account of the fact that you will be receiving your pension for longer.
Once your pension comes into payment, the non-GMP element of your pension will be increased each 1st January by the lower of 5% and the rise in inflation each year.
The Plan will increase any GMP in line with the section increases above for women under age 60 and men under age of 65.
Post 1988 GMP will increase by the lower of 3% per annum and the annual rise in inflation (currently measured using the Consumer Prices Index) for women over age 60 and men over age of 65.
Death in retirement
If you are receiving a Plan pension and die within five years of retiring, your dependants will receive a cash sum. This will be the balance of five years’ pension payments (ignoring any future increases after the date of death).
If you die after retirement, your spouse/civil partner will receive a pension for life of 50% of your pension at the date of death but calculated before any reduction if you took tax-free cash at retirement or chose an optional dependant’s pension.
Children’s pensions are payable of 18.75% of your pension for each dependent child (2 maximum).
Please note the Rules of the Plan are the binding documents of the Plan and will always override the information provided in this website. For deferred members the Plan Rules at the date of leaving are relevant.