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Pension Ombudsman decision - Milne vs GAD - Update

November 2015: Following the Pensions Ombudsman's recent Determination on the complaint brought by Mr W Milne it has been agreed that additional payments are to be made to scheme members whose pension commenced between:

Males:           1st December 2001 and 21st August 2006 (for Firefighters) or
                     1st December 2001 and 30th November 2006 (for Police)
Females:       1st December 2004 and 21st August 2006 (for Firefighters) or
                     1st December 2004 and 30th November 2006 (for Police)

and who chose to commute their pension for lump sum at retirement. This is to address the Ombudsman's conclusion that the scheme's commutation factors should have been reviewed before 2006.

The Milne Team are now finalising the redress calculations and payments will be made to the majority of retired scheme members along with their monthly pensions between 13th November and 1st December 2015. Advisory letters will be issued prior to payments being made.

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Contract awarded for new Pensions Administration Software

Thursday, 29 October 2015 13:06

The Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA) today announced the award of a £6 million (circa) contract for a new integrated pensions IT software solution to Capita Employee Benefits Ltd.

Chief Executive Ross Paterson said:

"The award of this contract represents a substantial investment in our customer service capability. I relish overseeing a transformation in the delivery of our business by enhancing and extending the digital services we can provide to our members, employers and beneficiaries.

After a number of years working with our present suppliers, we are required under the procurement rules to carry out a competitive procurement exercise for a new contract for the provision of our Pension Administration software solution. We are grateful to Heywood, NorthgateArinso and Pulsion for sharing our journey to this point.

Having undertaken a robust procurement process underpinned by a very clear vision of our digital aspirations I am confident we will be providing value for money to taxpayers whilst realising greater efficiencies and customer satisfaction.

As a significant employer in the Scottish Borders, this investment in our IT infrastructure should give confidence to both employees and the local economy that SPPA is progressive and stable employer in the region."

The scope of the contract is to purchase, implement and support an integrated Pensions Administration, Payroll and Digital Services Software solution for pension schemes administered by the Agency.

SPPA are looking to minimise manual intervention for a number of key processes and facilitate straight through processing and self-service where possible.


Police and Firefighters Survivors' Pensions

Monday, 05 October 2015 08:30

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


Annual Report and Accounts Published

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 08:55

annual accounts

After being laid before the Scottish Parliament, SPPA has now published its Annual Report and Accounts for the year 2014-2015.


Contribution Rate Increase – Teachers' Employers

Thursday, 27 August 2015 14:54

As of 1st September Teachers' employers will be required to pay a contribution rate of 17.2% on pensionable earnings. As detailed in circular 2015/3 (February 2015), this new rate will apply until 31st March 2019 before being revised in line with the outcome of the next scheme valuation.


Employer eBulletin - New Telephone System

Friday, 07 August 2015 07:33

SPPA recently introduced a new telephone operating system for distributing calls within the Agency. This eBulletin contains information regarding the new system. Read More

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