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The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014

Monday, 12 January 2015 15:51

The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 12th March 2014. From 16th December 2014, a same sex couple can give notice of intention to marry with the minimum notice period of 15 clear days. The first same sex marriage ceremonies took place on 31st December 2014.

Also, from 16th December, civil partners who registered their partnership in Scotland can change their relationship into a marriage. The Scottish Government intends to issue a short discussion paper soon on changing civil partnerships to marriage for civil partnerships that were registered outside Scotland. Civil partnership will continue to be available to same-sex couples although the Scottish Government intends to
consult soon on the future of civil partnerships in Scotland.

Read more: The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014

 

Annual Report and Accounts Published

Wednesday, 15 October 2014 07:22

annual accountsAfter being laid before the Scottish Parliament, SPPA has now published its Annual Report and Accounts for the year 2013-2014.

 

Cold calling - fraud warning

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 13:09

attentionWe've been made aware that some companies and Financial Advisors are cold calling individuals advising that they have been elected to act on behalf of the Government, to investigate pensions and their charges and offered to visit their home to obtain a signed authority form. This is alleged to be in conjunction with the Government initiative to offer everyone free unbiased pension advice.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has advised people not to disclose their pension details over the telephone to companies' cold calling. If you'd like to review your pension then you should consult with a FCA regulated company of your choosing and don't respond to cold calling requests.

If you have any concerns please report the incident to your local police force or the non-emergency contact '101'.

 

HMRC - Scheme Pays deadline 31st July 2014

hmrcHMRC have set a deadline for members to inform their pension provider that they want their pension scheme to pay the Annual Allowance (AA) charge on their behalf.

For the tax year 2012-13, the Scheme Pays Election form must be received by SPPA no later than 31st July 2014.

Read more: HMRC - Scheme Pays deadline 31st July 2014

 

Public sector finance team of the year

Thursday, 19 June 2014 09:13

accountancy_finance_winner_logoThe Scottish Public Pensions Agency's Finance Directorate are celebrating success after being announced Public sector finance team of the year at The 2014 Scottish Accountancy and Finance Awards.

The award was announced in Glasgow in front of over 400 captains of industry and representatives of the wider business community. Judging was by an independent panel of experts with research being carried out by the Business School at Edinburgh Napier University.

Read more: Public sector finance team of the year

 

Retained Firefighters Pension Settlement

Thursday, 29 May 2014 11:54

In September 2013, SPPA consulted on draft amendments to Firefighters' Pension schemes to provide retained firefighters employed in a Scottish fire and rescue authority between 1st July 2000 and 5th April 2006 with comparable pension rights to those enjoyed by regular firefighters during the same period.

The enabling legislation came into force on 23rd May 2014.  The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) will implement an options exercise to provide eligible retained firefighters affected with an opportunity to join the new pension arrangements in due course.

Read more: Retained Firefighters Pension Settlement

 

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