Defined Benefit Pension Transfer
Boots Pension Scheme
Do you have an old Boots Pension Scheme you are thinking about transferring into a more flexible arrangement?
Below is a general overview of what the scheme benefits are, these might vary from member to member.
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.
Scheme Retirement Age:
Normal Pension Age for men and women is 65 unless stated in the members transfer value statement.
Please note that members can receive all benefits unreduced from age 60.
Are partial transfers allowed? No.
Scheme Funding Position:
The last valuation of the Boots Pension Scheme was carried out as at 01/04/2019 and the funding level was 102%.
Scheme pension at date of leaving increased each April by RPI to a maximum of 5%.
The above basis is underpinned by the statutory minimum revaluation requirements as prescribed by PSA93.
The statutory revaluations applied if greater than the scheme revaluation is excess pension revalued at Statutory and GMP revalued at a fixed rate.
GMP escalates in line with legislation and excess pension escalates by RPI to a maximum of 5% pa.
This is known as a Pension Increase Exchange (PIE) offer.
Death in Deferment
An amount equivalent to 1/3 of the spouse’s pension is payable to each child subject to a maximum of 3 children. Children’s pensions are payable to age 18 (or 22 if still in full-time education) at the Trustees’ discretion.
Lump sum of 5 times annual notional early retirement pension.
Death in Retirement
An amount equivalent to 1/3 of the spouse’s pension is payable to each child subject to a maximum of 3 children. Children’s pensions are payable to 18 (or 22 if still in full-time education) at the Trustees’ discretion.
Once in payment the pension is guaranteed for 5 years. If the member dies within the first 5 years, in addition to any possible dependant’s pension, a cash lump sum equal to the balance of the remaining 5 years maybe payable at the discretion of the Trustees to their chosen nominee(s).
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.
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Grove Pension Solutions Ltd is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and specialise solely in defined benefit pension transfer.
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Free Pension Transfer Guide & Initial Consultation
Complete the form below to receive your Free Pension Transfer Guide.
If you would like to find out if transferring or cashing in your pension is suitable for you, we can provide a free initial consultation known as abridged advice.
Simply return the enquiry form included in the guide and post it back in the free post envelope provided.
As part of the consultation we will look at:
- What existing pension plans you have in place.
- Whether you have the right type of pension to transfer.
- What your plans are for retirement.
- How much cash you can release.
- Whether your existing pension remains the best fit for you.
- 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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