Pension benefits

Pension benefits guidance:

Before 6 April 2015, members entitled to money purchase or defined contribution (DC) benefits had limited retirement options, namely: • getting a scheme pension •...

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THIS PRACTICE NOTE APPLIES TO ALL OCCUPATIONAL PENSION SCHEMES Statutory requirement to increase pensions in payment Since 6 April 1997, there has been a statutory...

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THIS PRACTICE NOTE APPLIES TO OCCUPATIONAL PENSION SCHEMES Subject to certain exceptions, legislation requires occupational pension schemes to increase pensions in...

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THIS PRACTICE NOTE APPLIES TO OCCUPATIONAL PENSION SCHEMES (DEFINED BENEFIT AND MONEY PURCHASE) Protection of pension rights during periods of family leave Legislation...

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The question of the nature of money purchase benefits has attracted considerable attention over recent years. Given the onerous and growing financial...

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ARCHIVED. This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained. This Practice Note looks at how pension schemes are affected by the revised statutory definition of...

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THIS PRACTICE NOTE APPLIES TO TRUST-BASED OCCUPATIONAL PENSION SCHEMES This Practice Note focuses on overpayments of benefits to scheme members. For information specific...

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When a member of a pension scheme becomes entitled to receive their scheme benefits, they can usually take part as a tax-free lump sum. HMRC calls this a ‘pension...

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Statutory minimum increase rates The table below summarises the current statutory minimum increase that occupational pension schemes must apply annually to...

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This Practice Note provides an introduction to pension liberation, what it is, why it happens, its structures and characteristics, and considerations for the various...

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THIS PRACTICE NOTE APPLIES TO OCCUPATIONAL PENSION SCHEMES This Practice Note explores the pension rights of same-sex spouses and civil partners, including the impact of...

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Pension Schemes Act 2015 The Pension Schemes Act 2015 (PSA 2015) covers three main areas: • the new ‘defined ambition’ pensions • the provision of the ‘guidance...

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As employers with defined benefit pension schemes are looking for ways to reduce their exposure to financial liability, many are altering their benefit structures,...

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THIS PRACTICE NOTE APPLIES TO OCCUPATIONAL PENSION SCHEMES ONLY This Practice Note considers the extent to which accrued pension rights under registered occupational...

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THIS PRACTICE NOTE APPLIES TO OCCUPATIONAL PENSION SCHEMES. There are no statutory requirements governing the treatment of members' pension rights during...

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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) recognises that schemes could incur disproportionate costs in providing small pensions under registered pension schemes, so the legislation...

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THIS PRACTICE NOTE LOOKS AT PENSIONS REDUCTION IN THE CONTEXT OF ONGOING REGISTERED DEFINED BENEFIT PENSION SCHEMES The reduction of a person’s pension entitlement (ie a...

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