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Information on Pensions Increase 2019

Monday, 25 February 2019 14:32

Information on Pensions Increase 2019

Under the provisions of the Pensions (Increase) Act 1971, made in accordance with the Social Security Pensions Act 1975, the increase to be applied to public sector pensions is 2.4% and is payable from 08 April 2019.

If you became a pensioner after 23 April 2018 you will only receive a proportion of the annual percentage increase. You will receive your first full percentage increase next year.

Pension Increase is only paid from age 55 with some exceptions, if the pension is an Ill Health or dependant's pension.

Pension Increase FAQs

Q. Who decides on the pensions increase each year and when is it done?

A. The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions makes the announcement in a draft Pensions Increase (Review) Order which is approved by the UK Parliament usually during March each year. The new rate of increase takes effect from the first Monday after 5th April.

Q. How much is the increase for 2019/2020?

A. 2.4% payable from 08 April 2019. This is based on the Consumer Price Index as at September 2018.

Q. Why does my first payslip, for payment due after 08 April 2019, not reflect a full month's increase?

A. Your pension this year is increased from 08 April 2019; therefore you will receive an increase in the rate payable only from that date. The first payment will therefore consist of a number of days at the old rate and the rest at the new rate and the next payment will reflect your first full increase.

Q. If this year's Pensions Increase is 2.4%, why has my gross monthly amount not increased by that rate?

A. The full 2.4% Pensions Increase is applied from 08 April 2019 for pensions which started prior to 24 April 2018, where your pension began on or after 24 April 2018 you will only receive a proportionate increase this year.

Q. My increase does not work out to the full percentage increase, this could be for a number of reasons: -

(i) For any pension put into payment before age 55, the increase will not be applied until the 55th birthday, unless the member retired on health grounds, is a widow/ widower or is receiving a dependents benefit.

(ii) If a pension was put into payment on or after 24 March 2019, no increase will be due until next year.

Q. Why has my tax code changed?

A. We are instructed by HMRC to apply the relevant tax code. If your tax code has changed and you require further information or have any questions about your tax, please contact HMRC on 0300 200 3300 and have your National Insurance number to hand when you make your call.

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Information on Pension Increase 2018

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 10:17

Under the provisions of the Pensions (Increase) Act 1971, made in accordance with the Social Security Pensions Act 1975, the increase to be applied to public sector pensions is 3% and is payable from 09 April 2018.

If you became a pensioner after 24 April 2017 you will only receive a proportion of the annual percentage increase. You will receive your first full percentage increase next year.
Pension Increase is only paid from age 55 with some exceptions, if the pension is an Ill Health or  dependant's pension.

Pension Increase FAQs

Q.  Who decides on the pensions increase each year and when is it done?

A. The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions makes the announcement in a draft Pensions Increase (Review) Order which is approved by the UK Parliament usually during March each year.  The new rate of increase takes effect from the first Monday after 5th April.

Q.  How much is the increase for 2018/2019?

A.  3% payable from 09 April 2018.  This is based on the Consumer Price Index as at September 2017.

Q.  Why does my first payslip, for payment due after 09 April 2018, not reflect a full month's increase?

A.  Your pension this year is increased from 09 April 2018; therefore you will receive an increase in the rate payable only from that date.  The first payment will therefore consist of a number of days at the old rate and the rest at the new rate and the next payment will reflect your first full increase.

Q.  If this year's Pensions Increase is 3%, why has my gross monthly amount not increased by that rate?

A. The full 3% Pensions Increase is applied from 09 April 2018 for pensions which started prior to 24 April 2017, where your pension began on or after 24 April 2017 you will only receive a proportionate increase this year.

Q. My increase does not work out to the full percentage increase, this could be for a number of reasons:

(i) For any pension put into payment before age 55, the increase will not be applied until the 55th birthday, unless the member retired on health grounds, is a widow/ widower or is receiving a dependents benefit.
(ii)  If a pension was put into payment on or after 24 March 2018, no increase will be due until next year.

Q.  Why has my tax code changed?

A.  We are instructed by HMRC to apply the relevant tax code.  If your tax code has changed and you require further information or have any questions about your tax, please contact HMRC on 0300 200 3300 and have your National Insurance number to hand when you make your call.

If you have any further questions please email the Police and Fire Team at Police& This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


 

Firefighter 18/20 exercise

Thursday, 16 November 2017 14:12

The Scottish Government addressed the issue of Firefighters' Pension Scheme contributions paid in excess of 30 years' service before age 50 and the exercise to contact and refund any contributions for retired members was completed in April 2017.

The Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA), which administers Scotland's Firefighters' pension schemes, ensured that retired firefighters affected by this issue received any payments they were entitled to in full.

Background

Following an agreement between the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) (now Home Office) and the Fire Brigades Unions in England and Wales an agreement was reached that firefighters are not required to pay the excess contributions between reaching the 30 year limit and their 50th birthday.   Scottish Ministers agreed that the settlement should also be applied in Scotland.

The agreement meant that eligible firefighters who retired after 1 December 2006 having accrued 30 years' service will be eligible to receive a refund of any employee contributions paid between the date they reached maximum service, and the day before they reached age 50. Where maximum service was reached prior to 1 December 2006, only contributions paid after that date and before age 50 are eligible to be refunded.  

In addition, active FPS 1992 members who had reached, or will reach, 30 years' service before age 50 were entitled to a "contributions holiday" and refund of any overpaid contributions.  Under the agreement, pension contributions become payable again from age 50.  Payments to active members were made by the Scottish Fire Rescue Service (SFRS) who will continue to monitor years of service and cease deduction of pension scheme contributions for active Firefighters' at the appropriate time.

For information a copy of the FAQs produced at the time the exercise was conducted is reproduced below.

If you have any queries regarding this issue, or you did not receive a letter and consider that you may be affected, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or contact the Police and Fire Team on 01896 893080.

 

Read more: Firefighter 18/20 exercise

 

Information on Pensions Increase 2017

Friday, 10 March 2017 14:15

Under the provisions of the Pensions (Increase) Act 1971, made in accordance with the Social Security Pensions Act 1975, the increase to be applied to public sector pensions is 1% and is payable from 10 April 2017.

If you became a pensioner after 25 April 2016 you will only receive a proportion of the annual percentage increase. You will receive your first full percentage increase next year.
Pension Increase is only paid from age 55 with some exceptions, if the pension is an Ill Health or  dependant’s pension.

Read more: Information on Pensions Increase 2017

 

Employment Tribunal - Transitional Pensions

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 10:21

Scottish Ministers note the decision of the Employment Tribunal, which determined that the age-related transitional protections included in the reform of the Firefighters' pension scheme were lawful. Subject to any further legal challenge the transitional protections introduced from April 2015 continue to apply.

 

Police and Firefighters Survivors' Pensions

The Scottish Government has announced a change to the pensions paid to the survivors of police officers and firefighters who are killed in the line of duty.

Although the 2006 and 2015 police and firefighter schemes allow for lifetime adult survivor pension awards, pensions paid to widows, widowers and civil partners under the 1987 Police and 1992 Firefighter pension scheme regulations are withdrawn on remarriage, registering for a civil partnership and in the case of the police scheme, cohabitation.

Read more: Police and Firefighters Survivors' Pensions

 

Link to Scottish Government Website