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.
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.
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 2019 the scheme was in surplus (126%).
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.
Death in Deferment
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.
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.
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.
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Free Pension Transfer Guide & Initial Consultation
Complete the form below to receive your Free Pension Transfer Guide.
If you would like to find out if transferring or cashing in your pension is suitable for you, we can provide a free initial consultation known as abridged advice.
Simply return the enquiry form included in the guide and post it back in the free post envelope provided.
As part of the consultation we will look at:
- What existing pension plans you have in place.
- Whether you have the right type of pension to transfer.
- What your plans are for retirement.
- How much cash you can release.
- Whether your existing pension remains the best fit for you.
- 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).
What our clients say
Grove Pension Solutions assisted in moving my company pension to a personal pension, which will allow me to retire 7 years earlier than planned.
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Grove managed the transfer of my pension swiftly and kept me in touch with the process at all times. On occasions when I telephoned with questions they were patient, and regardless of who I spoke to, the staff were knowledgeable, friendly and reassuring. Grove Pension Solutions went above and beyond to complete my transfer and I cannot thank them enough.
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