Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:46
Contracted out employment ended on 5 April 2016. Between 6 April 1978 and 5 April 1997 members of contracted out occupational schemes built up an element known as a Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP). A GMP is intended to be broadly equivalent to the additional earnings related state pension the member would have received had they not been contracted out. A GMP becomes payable when a member reaches State Pension age and public service pension schemes were contracted out.
Prior to 6 April part of the annual indexation for a GMP was paid with the member's State Pension but this process ended with the introduction of the New Single Tier State Pension from 6 April 2016. Those receiving a GMP before 6 April 2016 are unaffected by this change.
It is anticipated that the loss of GMP indexation will be offset by individuals building up entitlement in the more generous Single Tier State Pension. However those close to State Pension age will not have the same opportunity to offset their GMP indexation loss and to address this the UK Government introduced an interim solution for those reaching state pension age between April 2016 and December 2018. For these members full indexation on their public service pension scheme including any GMP will be provided for the member's lifetime by their public service scheme.
In announcing the interim solution the UK Government set out that it would undertake a public consultation setting out options and seeking views on a permanent solution that will deliver GMP indexation That solution will also provide equalised indexation payments reflecting the different accrual rate of GMP for men and women. On 28 November 2016 HM Treasury issued the UK Government's consultation and full details are available via the following link Consultation on indexation and equalisation of GMP in public service pension schemes - GOV.UK The consultation closes on 20 February 2017.
This consultation refers to those pension scheme members who have a GMP and reach state pension age after December 2018.