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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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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paid to widows, widowers and civil partners under the 1987 Police and 1992 Firefighter pension scheme regulations are withdrawn on remarriage, registering for a civil partnership and in the case of the police scheme, cohabitation.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

Pensions Ombudsman Decision - Milne vs. GAD

Thursday, 23 July 2015 12:57

The Scottish Government is aware that former fire-fighters and police officers who retired between December 2001 and late 2006 may be affected by the pensions Ombudsman's findings in Milne vs. the Government Actuary's Department. Read More


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