Defined Benefit Pension Transfer

Universities Superannuation Scheme

Do you have an old Universities Superannuation 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.

Universities Superannuation 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: Universities Superannuation Scheme.

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

Scheme Retirement Age:

NRA is 66 for members with service after 5 October 2020, increasing in line with State Pension Age:

  • 65 prior to 6 October 2020.
  • 63.5 prior to 1 October 2011.
  • 60 prior to 1 April 1995.
  • 65 for men prior to 17 May 1990.

Some members could have a Protected Pension Age of 50.

Are partial transfers allowed?

Partial transfers not allowed from the Retirement Income Builder (DB) scheme but if the client has Investment Builder benefits (DC) these can be transferred separately.

Scheme Funding Position: Not known.

Revaluation:

Increase in line with ‘official pensions’ (currently CPI) up to a maximum of 5%. Where the increase exceeds 5%, one-half of the excess above 5% will be taken into account with an upper ceiling of 10% in all cases.

A cap of 2.5% will apply for all increases as at 1 April 2026 (and on increase dates thereafter) to the revaluation and indexation of benefits accrued on or from 1 April 2022.

Escalation:

Increase in line with ‘official pensions’ (currently CPI) up to a maximum of 5%. Where the increase exceeds 5%, one-half of the excess above 5% will be taken into account with an upper ceiling of 10% in all cases.

A cap of 2.5% will apply for all increases as at 1 April 2026 (and on increase dates thereafter) to the revaluation and indexation of benefits accrued on or from 1 April 2022.

Flexible Options

Ill Health and Serious Ill Health options are available. Savings in the Investment Builder account have access to UFPLS.

Death in Deferment

A Spouse’s/Civil Partner’s/Dependant’s pension of 50% of the annual pension the member accrued up the date of leaving, plus indexation from the date of leaving to date of death. In addition a lump sum of 3 times of the annual pension at date of death.

If the member also has an Investment Builder account (DC) this is refunded in full.

Death in Retirement

A Spouse’s/Civil Partner’s/Dependant’s pension of 50% of the annual pension the member accrued up the date of retirement, plus indexation from the date of retirement to date of death.

Possible lump sum benefit should death occur within 5 years of retirement
If the member also has an Investment Builder account (DC) this is refunded in full.

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: 4.9

Slowest: 10.8

Average: 7.9

Need Universities Superannuation Pension Transfer Advice?

If you are a member of the Universities Superannuation 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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