Defined Benefit Pension Transfer

Standard Life Staff Pension Scheme

Do you have an old Standard Life 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.

Standard Life Staff Pension Scheme


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.


Administrator: Mercer.


Scheme Retirement Age: 60.

Are partial transfers allowed?

Yes – Partial transfer value quotes can be requested by active and
deferred members. Requests should be expressed as a fixed
percentage or amount and must be pro-rated across all tranches of
benefit, excluding the GMP tranches.

Scheme Funding Position:

As at 31 December 2022 the scheme was in surplus (144%).


Statutory increases of inflation max 5% for Pre 2009 benefits and max 2.5% for Post 2009 benefits.
GMP will increase in line with Section 148 Orders.


Increase in line with RPI max 2.5% for benefits accrued before 1997, CPI max 5% for benefits accrued between 1997 and 2005 and CPI max 2.5% thereafter. GMP will receive Statutory increases.

Flexible Options

Deferred members of the Scheme who joined prior to 6 April 2006 may take their retirement benefits from age 50, provided all benefits are taken at the same time.

Death in Deferment

A spouse’s pension of 1/160th x Pensionable Salary x contracted-out pensionable service before 6 April 1997,


1/120th x Pensionable Salary x contracted-out service from 6 April
1997 to 31 December 2007,


1/120th Revalued Earnings x contracted-out pensionable service
from 1 January 2008


a lump sum of any member salary sacrifice amounts paid between 16 November2004 and 31 December 2007, rolled up to date of death with interest at 2.5% per annum (current rate),


Return of Defined Contribution benefits

Death in Retirement

A spouses pension of 2/3rds of the member’s pre commutation pension increased from date of retirement to date of death.

A lump sum of the commuted value of the pension instalments remaining under the 5 year guarantee in respect of the pension accrued by salary sacrifice amounts paid between 16 November 2004 and 31 December 2007 would also be payable.

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: 4.6

Slowest: 17.6

Average: 7.2

Standard Life Staff Pension Transfer Advice?

If you are a member of the Standard Life Staff Pension 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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