Defined Benefit Pension Transfer

British Airways – New Airways Pension Scheme (NAPS)

Do you have an old British Airways Staff 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, depending on what category you belonged to.

If you would like to find out if transferring your pension is suitable for you, why not get started today and receive your free Pension Transfer Guide and arrange a free initial consultation.

British Airways Pension Scheme

Disclaimer

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.

Overview

Administrator: British Airways Pensions.

Website: https://www.mybapension.com/naps/

Scheme Retirement Age: 55-65.

The normal retirement age is 65 (Plan 65), but the member can build up benefits to be paid from age 60 by paying additional contributions (Plan 60) and further contributions would allow them to take benefits from age 55 with no penalty for early payment (Plan 60 plus Option 55).

Members can have different NRA’s for pre 2007 and post 2007 service but they must be drawn at the same time.

Are partial transfers allowed?

Yes in certain circumstances.

A member must have benefits covering 2 or more of the following periods: Pre April 1997, April 1997 to April 2007 & Post April 2007.

The Pre 1997 benefits must always be transferred, then either of the other 2 periods can also be transferred (subject to an overall transfer value of £30,000) and the other period remains in the scheme.

Scheme Funding Position:

Deficit – As at 31 Match 2020 the funding level was 87.1%.

Revaluation:

The pensions increase in line with the rate specified by the Government’s yearly Pensions Increase (Review) Orders up to a maximum of 5% a year. These orders currently reflect the increase in CPI.

Escalation:

The pensions increase in line with the rate specified by the Government’s yearly Pensions Increase (Review) Orders up to a maximum of 5% a year. These orders currently reflect the increase in CPI.

Flexible Options

Ill Health and Serious Ill Health options are available.

There is also an option for active members to use Flexible Retirement as a means to ease into retirement. They can take some of their benefits and continue to work (part time) accruing other benefits.

Death in Deferment

A pension of two-thirds of the pension the member earned whilst paying the higher contributions towards an Adult Survivors pension (before any adjustment for tax free cash or early retirement reduction) will automatically be paid to your husband, wife or civil partner.

If there is no survivor’s pension to pay (either because you have not paid for the Adult Survivor’s pension cover or because there is no-one to pay the benefit to) a lump sum of the value of your own contributions with interest.

Death in Retirement

A pension of two-thirds of the pension the member earned whilst paying the higher contributions towards an Adult Survivors pension (before any adjustment for tax free cash or early retirement reduction) will automatically be paid to your husband, wife or civil partner.

If there is no survivor’s pension to pay a lump sum of broadly the difference between the value of the benefits you have received and the value of your own contributions with interest.

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: 3.3

Slowest: 10.3

Average: 6.1

Need British Airways Pension Transfer Advice?

If you are a member of the British Airways “New Airways Pension Scheme (NAPS)” 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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