Defined Benefit Pension Transfer

Electricity Supply Pension Scheme (Manweb ESPS)

Do you have an old Electricity Supply 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.

Electricity Supply 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: Mercer.

Website: https://www.espspensions.co.uk/

Scheme Retirement Age:

Females who joined pre 1st April 1988 age 60.
Females who joined on or after 1st April 1988 age 63.
Males who joined and left prior to 1st April 1988 age 65.
Males who joined the company pre 1988 and left pre 17th May 1990 age 63.
Males who joined pre 1st April 1988 age 60 for benefits accrued on or after 17th May 1990 and 63 for benefits prior.
Males joined the company on or after 1st April 1988 age 63.
Members who left under severance/redundancy terms are entitled to benefits payable unreduced at age 50.

Are partial transfers allowed? No.

Scheme Funding Position: Not available.

Revaluation:

Benefits are reviewed on 1st April each year in accordance with the Scheme Rules and are guaranteed to increase in line with the annual rise in the Retail Prices Index (RPI) as at the previous September, up to 5% a year.

Escalation:

Benefits are reviewed on 1st April each year in accordance with the Scheme Rules and are guaranteed to increase in line with the annual rise in the Retail Prices Index (RPI) as at the previous September, up to 5% a year. The Post 1988 GMP increases in line with Consumer Prices Index (CPI) up to 3%. The Pre 1988 GMP does not receive any increase.

Flexible Options

None.

Death in Deferment

Should a member die whilst entitled to a deferred pension, a lump sum death benefit equal to five times the member’s pre commuted pension plus the tax free cash, valued at date of death, will be payable.

A pension equal to 2/3rd of the member’s pre-commuted pension valued at date of death would also be payable to any surviving spouse or, if deemed suitable by the Scheme Trustee, a Dependant who is financially interdependent with the member at the date of death.

The Scheme will pay a pension to an eligible child up to the age of 18 (or beyond if in full-time education up to age 23).

Death in Retirement

A pension equal to 2/3rd of the member’s pre-commuted pension valued at date of death would also be payable to any surviving spouse or, if deemed suitable by the Scheme Trustee, a Dependant who is financially interdependent with the member at the date of death.

The Scheme will pay a pension to an eligible child up to the age of 18 (or beyond if in full-time education up to age 23).

Pensions are guaranteed for a period of five years. Should a member die before they receive 5 years installments of pension, the Scheme will pay a cash sum equal to the outstanding pension payment for the remainder of the five years.

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: 2.5

Slowest: 17.7

Average: 8.6

Need Electricity Supply Pension Transfer Advice?

If you are a member of the Electricity Supply 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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