Normal retirement age
- Contributions: member pays 5% of Pensionable Salary
- Pension builds up based on final pensionable salary and pensionable service, using the following formula:
- 1/60 x final pensionable salary x pensionable service
On ill-health retirement
Ill health retirement pensions are based on the pension you would have received if you had remained in service until your normal retirement date, but based on your final pensionable salary at the date of your retirement.
On death in service
The benefits are:
- A lump sum of four times pensionable salary, plus the proceeds of any Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs)
- A spouse’s/civil partner’s/nominated dependant’s pension of 33% of pensionable salary
- Children’s pensions of 8.5% of pensionable salary x the number of dependent children (maximum four children). This is doubled if there is no spouse/civil partner/ nominated dependant pension payable. The Trustee decides how the children’s pension will be shared between dependent children.
You have two 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
Deferred pension increase
The non-Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP) element of the deferred pension increases currently in line with inflation up to a maximum of 5% each year in respect of service up to 5 April 2009 and up to 2.5% p.a. in respect of service after that date. The GMP element increases at a fixed rate depending on your date of leaving.
On death as a deferred member
A refund of your basic contributions paid and transferred to the Plan with interest, plus the proceeds of any Additional Voluntary Contributions.
Your spouse/civil partner will receive a pension of 50% of your deferred pension revalued to date of death.
Your dependent children will be eligible for a pension of 12.5% of your pension which would have been in payment at the date of death x the number of dependent children (up to a maximum of four children). This is doubled if there is no spouse/civil partner/ nominated dependant pension payable. The Trustee decides how the children’s pension will be shared between dependent children.
You may exchange some pension for tax-free cash within statutory limits.
Early retirement possible from age 55 subject to Company consent.
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 on 1st January by the lower of 5% and the rise in inflation each year.
The Plan will increase your GMP in line with the section increases above for women under age 60 and men under age 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 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).
Your spouse/civil partner/nominated dependant 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.
Your dependent children will be eligible for a pension of 12.5% of your pension, calculated before any reduction if you took tax-free cash at retirement (up to a maximum of four children).
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.