Presentation on theme: "A presentation for NHS Trade Unions 22 October 2014 James Davenport / Stephanie Leary The new 2015 NHS Pension Scheme – Information for members."— Presentation transcript:
A presentation for NHS Trade Unions 22 October 2014 James Davenport / Stephanie Leary The new 2015 NHS Pension Scheme – Information for members
Who will join the new scheme? Who will join on 1 April 2015? existing members with no protection new joiners on 1 April 2015. Who will join after 1 April 2015? new joiners after 1 April 2015 members with tapered protection. Who will not join? existing members with full protection.
Do you have protection? You have full protection if: you were within 10 years of your normal pension age (NPA) as at 1 April 2012. You will remain in your current section until you retire or otherwise leave the scheme and will not move to the 2015 scheme. You have tapered protection if: you were more than 10 years, but less than 13 years and 5 months from your NPA as at 1 April 2012. You will move to the new 2015 scheme at a date later than 1 April 2015. You have no protection if: you were more than 13 years and 5 months from your NPA as at 1 April 2012. You will move to the new 2015 scheme on 1 April 2015.
Pre- 1 April 2015 benefits (1995/2008 sections): will remain in the 1995 or 2008 section as appropriate will be treated separately and calculated in accordance with section rules will be based on the members final salary in accordance with scheme rules [provided there is no break in pensionable employment of 5 years or more] some 1995 section members will still be eligible for protection of pay in accordance with the current rules.
What happens to members who want to re-join the scheme? members re-joining on or before 31 March 2015 will be assigned to the relevant section of the current scheme (1995/2008) NHS Pensions will determine whether protection arrangements apply the member will move to the 2015 Scheme on 1 April 2015 or later as appropriate.
What about new members? new members joining on or before 31 March 2015 will join the 2008 section and will move into the 2015 Scheme on 1 April 2015 a membership of less than two years in the 2008 section will link with 2015 Scheme membership to achieve 2 years membership and avoid a refund of contributions new joiners on or after 1 April 2015 will automatically join the new 2015 Scheme.
2015 Scheme features pension is based on actual earnings in each scheme year pension builds up at a rate of 1/54th of actual pensionable earnings in each scheme year no limit on the number of years membership pension built up is revalued each year to maintain a link to inflation final pension is calculated by adding together each year of the revalued pension.
Member contributions Tier Pensionable Pay (whole- time equivalent) paid in 2013/14 Contribution Rate in 2015/16 1Up to £15,431.99 5.0% 2£15,432.00 to £21,387.99 5.6% 3 £21,388.00 to £26,823.99 7.1% 4£26,824.00 to £47,845.99 9.3% 5£47,846.00 to £70,630.9912.5% 6 £70,631.00 to £111,376.99 13.5% 7 £111,377.00 and over 14.5% Please note: the employer contribution rate is 14.3%.
2015 Scheme: Salary Sacrifice you may have chosen to give up or ‘sacrifice’ some of your salary each year for a non-cash benefit such as a care hire scheme or childcare vouchers these arrangements are known as salary sacrifice in the new scheme, pension benefits are calculated using your pensionable pay from each year of membership, not just your pay near retirement therefore salary sacrifice arrangements will impact the amount of pension you build up you need to consider this impact against the benefit of the savings you currently make through your membership of a salary sacrifice arrangement.
2015 Scheme: Breaks in membership Breaks of five years or less: periods of membership can be linked for breaks of five years or less where there is a link in membership, any pension benefits earned prior to the break will be revalued, currently by Consumer Price Index (CPI) + 1.5 per cent. Breaks of more than five years: any pension earned prior to the break becomes deferred (providing it is sufficient to qualify for pension benefits) at retirement, these benefits are revalued by adding a pensions increase which is currently CPI only.
2015 Scheme: Transfers in and transfers out Transfers in and out of the 2015 Scheme will be possible but there will be some changes: from 1 April 2015 a transfer out to a Defined Contribution (DC) pension scheme will not be allowed transfers into the 2015 Scheme will usually be treated as a monetary amount of ‘pension credit’ and will be eligible for revaluation.
When can 1995/2008 benefits be claimed? Existing 1995/2008 section benefits can be taken in line with current rules, at your existing normal pension age (NPA): 1995 section NPA = 55 (special class status) / 60 2008 section NPA = 65. If a member returns to NHS employment following receipt of pre-2015 benefits, the following applies: if the member has any 1995 section benefits, they cannot build benefits in the 2015 Scheme where the benefits were in the 2008 section, further pension benefits can be built in the 2015 Scheme.
When can 2015 benefits be claimed? the same time as any 1995/2008 benefits with a reduction for early payment at the members normal pension age in the 2015 Scheme on any date between the above two options with a reduction for early payment if appropriate a member may take their 2015 benefits, return to NHS employment and start building a new pension, providing they are under age 75 and not in receipt of 1995 section benefits.
Retirement flexibilities The 2015 scheme will have the same flexibilities as the 2008 section of the current scheme alongside a new feature called Early Retirement Reduction Buyout (ERRBO). The flexibilities are: step down wind down retire and return draw down late retirement enhancement ERRBO. You can find out more by reading the Working Longer Group employee factsheet. employee factsheet
New feature Early Retirement Reduction Buy Out - members can pay additional contributions to eliminate or lower the cost of taking early retirement restricted to a maximum of three years before normal pension age and not before age 65 amount of buy out may be restricted if additional pension contributions are also being paid the amount of additional contributions to buy an ERRBO depend on: - members age at the start of the contract and - the number of years being purchased. for a reduction buy out of 3 years the additional contributions range from 3.6 per cent at age 20 to 4.7 per cent at age 60 additional contributions are payable up to the chosen early retirement age.
ERRBO example: Greg has a normal pension age of 68. He is not buying additional pension but takes out an agreement to purchase an ERRBO of three years in April 2015 at age 45. Greg pays additional contributions until age 65 when he retires and claims his pension. The normal deduction that would apply to the pension being paid 3 years early is eliminated by the buy out and Greg receives his pension in full. To achieve this Greg will have paid additional contributions of 4.1 per cent, before tax relief, in addition to his normal tiered rate contributions. 2015 Scheme: New feature
2015 Scheme: Ill health retirement if an application is made before a member is due to move to the 2015 Scheme then the member will remain in their existing section until the result of their application is known or until all appeal avenues have been exhausted if the application is successful, the benefits will be calculated under the relevant existing section rules successful applications under the 2015 Scheme will be: tier 1 – the value of the pension benefits already built up paid without reduction for early payment but without any enhancement tier 2 – the value of pension benefits already built up plus an enhancement known as the ‘tier 2 additional amount’.
Special Class Status & Mental Health Officer members there is no Special Class Status or Mental Health Officer status in the 2015 Scheme if a member has either of these status now they can keep the right to claim their 1995 section benefits subject to existing criteria if a member had Mental Health Officer Status and could have qualified for ‘doubled years’ then a special calculation at retirement, know as Uniform Accrual, will be made more information about all this can be found on the NHS Pensions website.NHS Pensions website