Defined Benefit Pension Transfer

National Grid Pension Scheme

Do you have an old National Grid Pension (also known as the ‘NGUKPS’, or ‘the Gas 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.

National Grid 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

Website: https://ngukgaspension.co.uk/

Scheme Retirement Age:

65 both Male and Female – but they can take their benefits from age 60 without reduction and without needing consent. Some members who left the scheme due to redundancy can take their benefits from age 50 with reductions.

Are partial transfers allowed? No.

Scheme Funding Position: TBC.

Revaluation:

In line with inflation (RPI) with no cap.

Escalation:

In line with the increase in RPI since the preceding September, subject to a maximum of 5% pa (if RPI is negative no increase is applied to Pre 97 benefits and CPI increase is applied to Post 97 benefits.

Flexible Options

Levelling’ or ‘Bridging the Gap’. If this option is chosen the member’s receives an extra amount of pension from their retirement date until their State Pension Age when it would be permanently reduced by an agreed amount.

Death in Deferment

A lump sum is payable of the greater of 5 times the member’s pension revalued up to the date of death or member contributions with interest.

In addition, an eligible spouse is entitled to a pension of 66.67% of your pension revalued up to date of death.

Additional children’s benefits are payable until the recipient reaches age 18 (or age 25 if still in full-time education) – fixed annual amounts per child.

An eligible spouse includes same sex spouses, civil partners and in some cases a partner who can prove mutual dependency.

Death in Retirement

If a member dies within 5 years of retirement a lump sum is paid. The amount payable is the undiscounted value of the remaining pension payments over those 5 years.

A bereavement grant of £1,000 is paid to cover funeral expenses. In addition, an eligible spouse is entitled to a pension of 66.67% of your pension (including any pension given up for a cash sum at retirement).

Additional children’s benefits are payable until the recipient reaches age 18 (or age 25 if still in full-time education) – fixed annual amounts per child.

An eligible spouse includes same sex spouses, civil partners and in some cases a partner who can prove mutual dependency.

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: 2.8

Slowest: 14.7

Average: 7.9

Need National Grid UK Pension Transfer Advice?

If you are a member of the National Grid UK Pension Scheme (also known as the ‘NGUKPS’, or ‘the Gas 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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