Defined Benefit Pension Transfer

Aviva Staff Pension Scheme

Do you have an old Aviva Staff Pension Scheme you are thinking about transferring or cashing in?

You can probably transfer it into a new flexible arrangement; and if you need to, release up to 100% as a cash lump sum, the first 25% is usually tax free*.

Aviva Staff Pension Scheme


The information we provide here is our understanding of the pension scheme and may not be the latest, there may also be some detail missing. It is provided in good faith as an overview of the details we hold. There has not been any endorsement or otherwise of these details by the pension scheme, their sponsoring employer or scheme administrators.

This is a partial summary of the complex benefits provided through potentially many schemes, where retirement options can be very different within the same scheme or the same individual sections of those schemes.

If you are either a current or deferred member of the pension scheme and wish specific information about your personal benefits, the scheme administrator will need to be contacted.


Administrator: XPS Administration.


Scheme Retirement Age: 60-65.

Are partial transfers allowed? No.

Scheme Funding Position: 97.70% at 31/03/2018.


The deferred pension in excess of GMP will revalue as required by the statutory revaluation orders up to 5% a year.


Pre 6th April 1997 increases to excess are applied at the discretion of the company, post 6th April 1997 changed are increased by the Retail Prices Index or 5%, whichever is lower.

Flexible Options


Death in Deferment

If you die before retiring from the scheme, leaving a spouse, civil partner, or a partner nominated in accordance with the scheme rules, the scheme pay a pension to them of half the excess pension at date of leaving the scheme, plus the guaranteed minimum pension revalued to date of death.

In addition to the spouse/civil partner/nominated a child’s pension is payable of 1/4 of the spouse pension for up to 3 eligible children.

Death in Retirement

If you die after you retire leaving a spouse/civil partner or nominated partner, the scheme will pay a pension of 50% to 66.67% depending on scheme rules.

If within 5 years of retirement, the balance of those 5 years would be paid as a lump sum.

Transfer Timescales

The timescales below are based on the entire transfer process from the initial enquiry, through to advice, and eventual completion of the transfer, in months.

This information is based on our own scheme specific real-world data gathered over an 18 month period. To be clear and ensure there is no risk this information can be deemed misleading, it is our own data for the entire process, which includes our own very thorough and complex regulatory analysis and advice process, in addition to the gathering and provision of accurate information from the scheme administrators and their subsequent completion of any pension fund transfer requests. Future timescales could vary.

Fastest: 3.7

Slowest: 23.3

Average: 9.4

Need Aviva Staff Pension Scheme Transfer Advice?

If you are a member of the Aviva Staff Pension Scheme and would like to know if transferring or cashing in your pension at 55+ is suitable for you, why not get started today and receive your free Pension Transfer Guide and arrange a free consultation.

Grove Pension Solutions Ltd is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and specialise solely in defined benefit pension transfer.

Pension Transfer Consultation

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Free Pension Transfer Guide & Consultation
If you would like to find out if transferring your pension or taking a cash lump sum is suitable for you, we can provide a free initial Pension Transfer Consultation known as abridged advice.

Simply complete your details below, and we will send you our Pension Transfer Consultation Pack and Enquiry Form.

As part of the consultation we will look at:

  • What existing pension plans you have in place.
  • What your plans are for retirement.
  • Your needs for flexibility and control.
  • The likely cost of more in-depth advice.

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Defined Benefit Pension Transfer Warning

Transferring away from a defined benefit pension scheme means you will lose valuable guarantees.

Taking benefits early will almost certainly reduce your pension income in retirement and is only suitable for a limited number of people and circumstances. This should not be seen as an easy option for raising cash.

If you release all your money from your pension early you will not have anything left to provide you with income in retirement.

When releasing cash from your pension, usually up to 25% is tax free, the balance is taxed at your marginal rate at the time and could change in the future.

Watch the FCA video explaining the expectations of financial advisers when advising you on defined benefit pension transfers.

Grove Pension Solutions Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Reference number 465051).

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