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Governance Boards

Monday, 26 January 2015 11:47

Reforms introduced by the Public Service Pensions Act 2013 (the Act) are bringing about significant changes in the public service pensions landscape. These go beyond the terms and benefits offered in Scotland's main public service pension schemes to encompass a new approach to governance designed to reinforce the importance of transparency and accountability.

Read more: Governance Boards


Pension Reform Employer Timetable

Monday, 26 January 2015 11:41

During the past 12 months we have been working with our system provider (Heywood Ltd), and engaging with our employer technical working groups, to document the requirements for the new CARE scheme which is being introduced from 1 April 2015.  These requirements turned in to agreed system
specifications which have been or are currently being developed and tested by SPPA and Heywood.

Read more: Pension Reform Employer Timetable


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


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