Pensions Line - August 2017

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      August 2017

Annual Benefits Statements 2017

Annual Benefit Statement 2017

We are currently arranging for the Annual Benefit Statements to be printed, and over the coming weeks they will be forwarded to you for distribution. Please can you arrange for them to be passed to your members as soon as possible as the Pension Regulator requires that the member has their statement before 31 August 2017.

You will receive statements for members:

  • who have not signed up to Member Self Service
  • for whom we do not hold an email address
  • who have opted out of electronic correspondence  

Everyone else will be contacted by email to notify them that their statement is available to view online, through Member Self Service. If you receive statements for any employees who have left, please can you note this on the envelope and return these to us.

Data Protection Regulations

The Information Commissioner’s Office has provided a guide/checklist ‘Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)’, which highlights 12 steps you can take now to prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will apply from 25 May 2018 .

We - Peninsula Pensions - and Devon County Council are looking into the implications of this and will be in contact once we have assessed the impacts that the amendments will have regarding pensions administration.

Automatic Enrolment - where member opted out more than 12 months before automatic enrolment date

The LGPC Secretariat has received clarification from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) that for the purposes of automatic re-enrolment, if an eligible jobholder opts out more than 12 months before their automatic re-enrolment date, they must be automatically re-enrolled. However, if they opt out within 12 months of their automatic re-enrolment date, the employer would have the discretion on whether to automatically enrol them or not. Read the full update here.

State Pension Age Rise Brought Forward

The rise in the pension age to 68 will now be phased in between 2037 and 2039, rather than from 2044 as was originally proposed. The change will affect those born between 6 April 1970 and 5 April 1978.

The announcement was made in the Commons by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, David Gauke. He said the Government had decided to accept the recommendations of the Cridland report, which proposed the change. Anyone younger than 39 will now have to wait for future announcements to learn what their precise pension age will be. The Government has also committed to regular reviews of the state pension age in the years ahead.

The Government Actuaries Department has released the GAD Technical Bulletin.

Care Data for Multiple Employments (including Returning Officer fees)

We have recently discovered that some employers have sent just one CARE figure for someone who has an additional role as a Returning Officer and the combined figure was naturally too high. Please can we ask that you keep all roles separate, including fees for Returning Officers, and provide CARE figures separately. See our website for guidance on submitting CARE Pay data.

Submitting Pensions Forms

We are still receiving emails from employers with multiple forms attached for a number of members and this causes us some problems. Please send your forms individually – one member per email.

Forms will only be accepted by authorised signatories so if you have a changeover of staff, it is important to keep us updated by completing the Contact Details Form available on our website.

Re-employed Pensioners

If you employ someone who is receipt of an LGPS pension from either the Devon or Somerset Pension Funds, please ask them to contact us so that we can check if there is any effect on their pension by them returning to work.

Exit Payment Reform

Exit payment reform has been further delayed by the snap general election that was held on 8 June. Our current understanding of the position on each of the reforms is set out here.


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