Pensions Line Special - March 2022

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March 2022

2021 Pay Award for Local Government Services

Agreement has been reached on rates of pay applicable from 1 April 2021. An increase of 2.75% for Spinal Column Point (SCP) 1 and 1.75% for SCP 2 and above has been agreed which will be applicable from and back dated to 1 April 2021.

As a result, this means that any members who have left or retired since 1 April 2021 will need their benefits to be recalculated on the revised pensionable pay. You will therefore need to provide us with a revised leaver form for each affected member.

Unfortunately, you will not be able to load any revised forms to ESS as you will no longer have access to the records so we ask that you follow a special process:

• Please download the special version of the Leaver form on  our website.

• Attach ALL of your completed revised leaver forms to 1 email and send it to the peninsula pensions mailbox: clearly stating ‘Revised Leaver Forms re pay award’ in the subject line.

Please note that this process is only for post April 2021 leavers for whom you have already submitted a leaver form. You will need to use ESS in the normal way for any leavers you have not previously told us about.

Keep us updated

Please remember to keep us updated with any changes in staff responsible for completing our forms (authorised signatories). This can be done by completing our online form.

You can also use this form to notify us of your IDRP Stage 1 Appeals Officer, your Payroll Provider, your contact for Interfaces and to sign up to our employer newsletter Pensions Line

It is important that you contact the Employer & Communications Team if you are changing your payroll provider. We can then work with you to ensure you put processes in place to retain access to historical payroll information and continue to fulfil your responsibilities as a Scheme employer.

Payment of Pension Fund Contributions

Please remember to inform us and the relevant Finance team each time you have paid your pension scheme contributions, by filling in the Monthly Contributions Form. The form should be submitted the same day as the payment. This avoids unnecessary allocation delays and satisfies Government Actuary Department requirements.

Please ensure that you build this form into your procedures.

If you are a Somerset Pension Fund employer, please contact the Corporate Finance Team for a copy of the Monthly Contribution Return:

If you are a Devon Pension Fund Employer, you will need to use the online EAS5 form

TUPEs & New Academies

If you are outsourcing services and have a number of staff who will be subject to TUPE and moving to a new employer or your school is converting to an Academy or moving MAT, you will need to consider obligations regarding the affected employees’ pension rights. Please do not submit any leaver forms as this will complicate the process – for more information on what you need to do, please visit the TUPE and Admitted Bodies page on our website.


Employer & Communications Team

Quick links

Employer Services (ESS) Guide

Peninsula Pensions Employers' Pages

Peninsula Pensions Employers' Guide

LGPS regulations and guidance

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LGPS National Website


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