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Information on Pension Increase 2018

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 10:24

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.

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 11:29

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The Police Pension Calculator has now launched to provide you with an illustration of your benefits at a retirement date selected by you. The calculator can be used by everyone, including 1987/2006 members. This calculator is for guidance purposes only and is not a guarantee of future benefits. It is not intended to provide you with financial advice. If you require financial advice, you should contact an independent financial adviser. 

 

 

Information on Pensions Increase 2017

Friday, 10 March 2017 14:23

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

 

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