Defined Benefit Pension Transfer

Co-op Pension Scheme (Pace DB)

Do you have an old Co-op 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.

Co-op Pace DB 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: Co-operative Group.

Website: https://coop.pacepensions.co.uk/

Scheme Retirement Age:

The Normal Retirement Age depends on which section you accrued benefits within. For former scheme members the normal retirement age is 60, these are benefits accrued pre 2007. For Pace DB members it is 65 which the benefits are accrued post 2006.

Are partial transfers allowed? No.

Scheme Funding Position:

On November 24, 2023, the Pace Trustees secured an insurance policy from Rothesay Life. This policy guarantees the payment of benefits for Pace DB members in the Co-op Section and provides additional security and reassurance.

Revaluation:

Increased inline with RPI to a maximum of 5% for both former and pace scheme benefits.

Escalation:

Increases inline with RPI to a maximum of 2.5% for both former and pace scheme benefits. No discretionary increases have been applied within the last 10 years however additional increases may be granted at trustee discretion.

Flexible Options

A temporary pension may be payable if you have built up benefits within the former scheme section.

It revalues inline with the excess up until state pension age and whilst in payment the member keeps any increases from date of retirement to state pension age. Once you reach this age the pension will reduce.

Death in Deferment

A spouses pension of 50% for former scheme benefits less the temporary pension if married from date of leaving is payable. However for certain members a spouses pension of 60% is payable.

50% of the pace scheme benefits is also payable on death before retirement.

If no spouses pension is payable a lump sum of a refund of contributions plus interest is paid.

Death in Retirement

A spouses pension of 50% for former scheme benefits less the temporary pension if married from date of leaving is payable. However for certain members a spouses pension of 60% is payable.

50% of the pace scheme benefits is also payable on death before retirement. A balance of 5 years pension payments is also paid at the discretion of the trustee, if the member dies within 5 years of retiring from the scheme.

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: 13.9

Average: 6.7

Need Co-op Pace DB Pension Transfer Advice?

If you are a member of the Co-op Pace DB 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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