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    • grahap
    • By grahap 6th Jan 18, 11:20 AM
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    GMP & Franking I need some Urgent Help!
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    GMP & Franking I need some Urgent Help! 6th Jan 18 at 11:20 AM
    Hi everyone, this is my first ever post on any forum, so be gentle with me

    I really need some urgent help as I am in financial difficulty and struggling to understand my pension options, I need to take an urgent decision on my pension. I have been doing some research on here and elsewhere on the internet, but now I’m stuck and hoping someone on here can lend a hand My details are as follows –

    I have an old final salary scheme with HBOS.
    I am 62 and my NRD was June 2017. I am a single male, no dependents.
    I left the scheme in Sept 1986. At that point they stated pension was as follows –
    GMP (pre Apr 88) £345.28 per year (revalued by section 148 orders, up to 5%)
    Pension over GMP £1077.84 (revalued by CPI, up to 5%)
    They have sent me a retirement (Jan 18) quote as follows –
    Full pension - £4210.98 per annum
    Reduced pension £3026.29 with Max lump sum of £20175.23.

    They have also given me a transfer value of £127,866.
    I sent them an email asking what my GMP would be at 65. They replied that HMRC confirmed it would be £98 per week at 65 - £5096 per year. This figure is obviously more than the full pension they are quoting now, and as it is all pre 1988 GMP I’m assuming it will not receive any cost of living increases following recent pension changes. The DWP has separately told me that my COPE estimate on my state pension is £50 per week.

    All this is pretty vital for me as my only other significant pension is the State one (which I can take at 66).

    I have used the Money Advice Service website to get a pension quote for the transfer value (using a similar lump sum figure of approx. £20300). I am in good health, but a little overweight ….. and this came out as follows –

    £5457 per annum level payment
    £3620 increasing yearly at 3%

    Both amounts include a lump sum of £20459.

    HBOS have recently outsourced their pension line support and the service is poor in comparison to previous support. I have asked them to confirm that my GMP at 65 will be the £5096 figure they stated, in an email, that HMRC had confirmed, and whether it should be the same as the COPE figure, and also whether this will be the case regardless of my taking the £20175 lump sum now (I understand that lump sums cannot be taken from GMP).

    All I have received is a bland letter which states that the retirement quote they have given me ‘includes the GMP element of your pension and this is not paid in addition to your main scheme pension’. They ignored the questions about COPE and their previous confirmation that my GMP was £5096 at 65.

    Thanks for bearing with me so far

    My Questions are -

    When I’m 65 should I not receive £5096 per annum from HBOS (all GMP)?

    I had previously assumed that if the GMP at 65 was £5096, then it would take the place of the existing pension, leaving me with just the GMP at £5096, however after doing further research online I came across a government regulation called ‘franking’ which implies that companies cannot just deduct increased GMP pension from the previously built up ‘excess’ pension i.e. the non GMP element.

    Will I therefore receive £5096, plus the pension excess over the GMP figure? I have revalued this excess as approx. £2226 per annum, using CPI index figures, compounded yearly since 1988. This would make my pension at 65, approximately £7200 per annum.

    Should my COPE figure be the same as the GMP?

    If HBOS will only pay me £3026 (with a lump sum) or a full pension of £4210, then it looks like I’d be better off taking the transfer value….and this leads to my final question ---

    Does anyone know of any advisors willing to take a fee based on the transfer value rather than an upfront fee which I haven’t got ? I found one (Tideway) however they only do this for pots over £400,000, and this seems to be the case with a few now.

    This has been keeping me up at night as I’m really struggling to find a way forward, and I need to do something urgently about my debts. There is a delay each time I approach HBOS and the recent reply has not helped me at all. I would be grateful if anyone can help.

    Thanks for reading this, if you got this far, and I do appreciate the stuff you have already posted which has helped a lot
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    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 6th Jan 18, 11:43 AM
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    First of all, forget the COPE - this was just used to calculate your State pension foundation amount as at April 2016 and has no bearing on your future State or private pensions.

    My concern is the figures you have been quoted and your GMP:

    They have sent me a retirement (Jan 18) quote as follows –
    Full pension - £4210.98 per annum
    Reduced pension £3026.29 with Max lump sum of £20175.23.
    I sent them an email asking what my GMP would be at 65. They replied that HMRC confirmed it would be £98 per week at 65 - £5096 per year.
    I realise that different pension schemes have different rules but, with these figures, if you had been in the LGPS you wouldn't be allowed to take your pension until GMP age (still 65 for a male). Furthermore, even then you wouldn't be allowed to give up some of your pension for a tax free lump sum if doing so dropped your reduced pension below the GMP level.

    You need to ask HBOS for written confirmation that the figures they have given you are correct, despite your GMP.
    Last edited by Silvertabby; 06-01-2018 at 12:17 PM.
    • grahap
    • By grahap 6th Jan 18, 12:45 PM
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    Hi Silvertabby

    First of all, thanks for the prompt reply. I really appreciate your help.

    I have got written confirmation of the figures, as they have sent me them several times in the last 18 months as I approached my NRD at 62. That said, I notice that they ignored my recent question about the HMRC confirmation of a GMP of £5000 (although I do have their email advising me of this).

    When I was doing research online I did come across an LGPS leaflet which suggested that scheme would increase its pension to the GMP figure at 65 if it was more than the current pension (although this was not in the context of a lump sum payment - and in any case, it is a different scheme; however it was interesting that at least some schemes do increase pensions to the GMP amount - and as far as I can tell, they HAVE to do this?).

    I've looked at the rules of my scheme (available online) and it doesn't say a lot about GMPs. I do remember, back in the seventies; that we were constantly being told that our salaries and pension benefits were closely modelled on the Civil Service/Local government models.

    I'm wondering whether the scheme rules were sufficiently updated to take account of GMPs. There is no mention of reducing (or eliminating) my 'normal' pension at NRD (62) in order to offset GMP costs, and I am now six months past my NRD.
    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 6th Jan 18, 12:59 PM
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    When I was doing research online I did come across an LGPS leaflet which suggested that scheme would increase its pension to the GMP figure at 65 if it was more than the current pension (although this was not in the context of a lump sum payment - and in any case, it is a different scheme; however it was interesting that at least some schemes do increase pensions to the GMP amount - and as far as I can tell, they HAVE to do this?).
    The GMP is the minimum pension that has to be paid by law - it was part of the conditions of contracting out of SERPS/SP2, as the contracted out pension scheme must pay you at least the State second pension that you would be giving up. ie, your Guaranteed Minimum Pension.

    In the LGPS example you quote yes, the LGPS would have to increase your benefits to the GMP level - but they wouldn't have to bring your benefits into payment before your GMP age (still 65 for men, 60 for women).

    It is possible that HBOS rules are more generous - but I'm still concerned. One possible scenario is that your current estimate and your GMP query were dealt with by newbies who haven't got a full grasp of GMP regulations - and that your actual pension claim will have to be signed off before payment by someone more senior who does know the regulations.

    ADD:

    Can't find anything on HBOS, but the NHS state that they won't pay an actuarily reduced (for early payment) pension if it fails the GMP test. So, the question now is - if your NRA is 62 and so won't incur an early payment reduction, would HBOS pay you £4210. 98 until 65 and then top you up to GMP? My gut feeling is still 'unlikely' - but even if I'm wrong I'm sure that they wouldn't allow you to reduce your pension further by taking the tax free lump sum.
    Last edited by Silvertabby; 06-01-2018 at 1:18 PM.
    • grahap
    • By grahap 6th Jan 18, 1:21 PM
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    Hi Silvertabby, thanks again for the quick reply....and I meant to say also, thanks for clarifying the COPE stuff, that has cleared a bit of the fog around all this.

    Ideally, I guess I need to ask them again exactly what my GMP is at 65 - although I have asked them this before Christmas, and all I got was a letter stating '...your recent retirement quotation includes the GMP...and this is not paid in addition to your main scheme pension'.

    Apart from the GMP question, their answer also raises another important query for me, in that it suggests the most I would (possibly) receive is £5000 - whereas my research seemed to suggest I should (at GMP age) receive the GMP + any excess amount of pension (the non GMP element), because the anti franking legislation stopped companies from offsetting GMP increases against the 'normal' or 'excess' pension. If all I'm going to receive is £5000 (or less), then as far as I can tell, I would be better offer taking the transfer value to an annuity (assuming I can find an adviser willing to help at a reasonable rate) - or is there something obvious I am missing?

    Thanks again for all your help.
    • hyubh
    • By hyubh 6th Jan 18, 2:43 PM
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    I am 62 and my NRD was June 2017. I am a single male, no dependents.
    I left the scheme in Sept 1986. At that point they stated pension was as follows –
    GMP (pre Apr 88) £345.28 per year (revalued by section 148 orders, up to 5%)
    Pension over GMP £1077.84 (revalued by CPI, up to 5%)
    Originally posted by grahap
    With respect to the question in your thread's title, you're right, as a post-85 leaver the scheme cannot just 'frank' (i.e. reduce by offsetting) your 'excess' (i.e. pension over GMP) with the revaluation applicable to your GMP at GMP age.

    I sent them an email asking what my GMP would be at 65. They replied that HMRC confirmed it would be £98 per week at 65 - £5096 per year.
    There are three ways a scheme might revalue GMP, 'fixed', 'section 148' and 'limited'. Limited rate revaluation is the 'revalued by section 148 orders, up to 5%' one, so given S148 orders track average weekly earnings, the revaluation type of the three it is even possible to provide a future figure for is fixed rate revaluation.

    As you left when you did, the applicable fixed rate is 8.5%, which applied to the opening figure of £345.28 comes to the £5096 at GMP age quoted by HMRC. If limited (or just S148) rate revaluation is applied however, I come to a much lower figure, something more like £1282 - add on a bit for whatever the S148 figures will be for the next couple of years, and it still won't come to anywhere near £5096.

    So, my guess would be that the pension figures you have been provided by the administrator has assumed limited rate revaluation does apply, yet they haven't cottoned onto the fact that the GMP figure from HMRC assumes a different revaluation type.
    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 6th Jan 18, 2:48 PM
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    ANTI FRANKING REQUIREMENTSAnti franking legislation requires that statutory indexation of an individual's [Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP)] is paid in addition to any amount by which the scheme benefits exceed the GMP, and is not deemed to be covered or "franked" by other scheme benefits.
    I would ask to speak to a senior pensions advisor to check that the figures you have been quoted are correct and include the anti-franking protections and that the GMP test has been applied.

    Also ask how they have revalued your GMP - the usual method under S148 is 'unlimited' - so if HMRC have applied the increase your GMP could be coming out as higher than with the S148 5% cap that HBOS is using.

    I know this sounds a pain, but it's best to get it sorted now - if HBOS overpay you they will want the money back.

    As for transferring out, that's not my field I'm afraid - hopefully someone else will pop up with some ideas for you.

    Good luck with whatever you do.
    • hyubh
    • By hyubh 6th Jan 18, 3:00 PM
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    Also ask how they have revalued your GMP - the usual method under S148 is 'unlimited' - so if HMRC have applied the increase your GMP could be coming out as higher than with the S148 5% cap that HBOS is using.
    Originally posted by Silvertabby
    Limited rate revaluation was removed as an option in 1997, though for the OP's dates, I make it that the 5% gap wouldn't make a difference anyhow (the cap is applied against the whole period, not for each year individually). It's the fact that HMRC are assuming fixed rate revaluation (usual for private sector schemes) that explains the difference, and I'd imagine, the oddity that the administrator apparently thinks the pension figures quoted don't make covering the GMP at GMP age an issue.
    • grahap
    • By grahap 6th Jan 18, 3:30 PM
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    Hi hyubh

    Thanks for your reply - I really appreciate your help, as I'm in debt, quite worried, and was all set to take a pension lump sum before all these questions arose from the info HBOS sent me.

    Just reading your post, I suddenly remembered something.

    HBOS state they do the revaluation under Section 52A. Whilst they say this is capped at 5%, I think I remember seeing somewhere online, that in the case of Section 52A calculations, the employer has also agreed to pay the Government an amount, which means in turn, the government agrees to makes up the difference to standard Section 148 revaluation i.e. the 8.50% you mention. I hope I'm not imagining this (i don't think so), but to be honest, I've been struggling with this for a few days now, and my head is spinning

    Thinking this through a little further...I wonder, that if this is the case, do the Government pay me the difference (between HBOS's capped 5% revaluation v an 8.50% revaluation) at GMP age (65)? ...and might this also reconcile Silvertabby's (and my) puzzlement as to how my HBOS's pension figures add up (re the £5000 pension, which they say is indicated by HMRC + a lump sum now).

    So in summary, if I've not imagined the section 52A stuff ...

    HBOS pay me the pension they have indicated (without a lump sum, or reduced with a lump sum), including the GMP capped at 5%....then at GMP age, the government pays me an additional GMP payment, equivalent to the difference between capped Section 148 and 8.50% revaluation??

    This then, might make the figures add up??? Do you think this makes sense??

    I've spent the last few days worrying about this, as I need to access a lump sum re debts; so once again, I do really appreciate your, and Silvertabby's help.

    Before outsourcing, HBOS's pension team were really knowledgeable and I'm sure I could have clarified all this in a single call; now it's not possible to speak to more knowledgeable staff and it takes about a week to have each query answered (and the last communication didn't even answer my questions )
    • grahap
    • By grahap 6th Jan 18, 3:38 PM
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    Hi Silvertabby, thanks again for your help - I really do appreciate it.

    I've just remembered some additional details whilst looking at Hyubh's post. I may be wrong (although I know the method they use is Section 52A, as I have it in my paperwork). Do you think my reply to him might make sense, and square the circle??
    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 6th Jan 18, 3:54 PM
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    Hi grahap - happy to help when I can, but I regret not with a S52A revaluation. But I'm sure hyubh will be able to help you with that one.
    • xylophone
    • By xylophone 6th Jan 18, 3:57 PM
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    As you left when you did, the applicable fixed rate is 8.5%, which applied to the opening figure of £345.28 comes to the £5096 at GMP age quoted by HMRC.


    Is this your scheme booklet?

    https://www.lloydsbankinggrouppensions.com/assets/former_scheme_guides/BOS_Scheme_Guide-a9c7238e5f9e8bbba3001996f8556633ba46131470373b4bdf f06d472dc75239.pdf

    If so ( page 18) there is an indication that Fixed Rate Revaluation is used.




    https://www.barnett-waddingham.co.uk/comment-insight/blog/2014/08/18/what-is-a-gmp/

    Re excess - see https://www.barnett-waddingham.co.uk/comment-insight/blog/2012/07/24/revaluation-for-early-leavers/

    https://www.ompensions.co.uk/media/255935/kb-franking.pdf


    Have you obtained a new state pension statement?

    What exactly does it say?
    Last edited by xylophone; 06-01-2018 at 4:04 PM. Reason: add quote
    • hyubh
    • By hyubh 6th Jan 18, 5:32 PM
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    Just reading your post, I suddenly remembered something.

    HBOS state they do the revaluation under Section 52A.
    Originally posted by grahap
    That's statutory revaluation on the excess, not the GMP. Further, this was only brought in on a 'going forward' basis on 1 Jan 1986, and was only made retrospective for pre-86 service for people who left from 1 Jan 1991. So, if the scheme at the time you left only granted the minimum excess revaluation allowed, only a very small part of your own excess is subject to it. (Of course, a scheme didn't have to do the statutory minimum only though.)

    Whilst they say this is capped at 5%
    This refers to what used to be called 'limited price indexation'. Again though, this is something different from limited rate GMP revaluation.

    , I think I remember seeing somewhere online, that in the case of Section 52A calculations, the employer has also agreed to pay the Government an amount, which means in turn, the government agrees to makes up the difference to standard Section 148 revaluation i.e. the 8.50% you mention.
    This conflates various things. S148 revaluation is also called 'full rate revaluation', 'full' in the sense it was the rate used for revaluing SERPS, i.e. the additional state pension you forgone by contracting out. Limited rate revaluation meant S148 revaluation capped to 5%, with the scheme paying a premium to the revenue when the 5% cap hit. However, there was no connection here to fixed rate revaluation, i.e. the 8.5% figure.

    In fact, with respect to your own situation, my admittedly noddy calculations show that using limited rather than 'full' rate revaluation makes no difference to your own case. The difference, rather, is with fixed rate revaluation.

    I hope I'm not imagining this (i don't think so), but to be honest, I've been struggling with this for a few days now, and my head is spinning
    Don't worry, while the way GMP worked was moderately commonsensical in public sector schemes, it can get ridiculously complicated in private sector ones!

    I wonder, that if this is the case, do the Government pay me the difference (between HBOS's capped 5% revaluation v an 8.50% revaluation) at GMP age (65)?
    It's all a bit academic now since the 'new' state pension introduced in 2016. However, what would have happened if limited rate revaluation fell short of full rate is that your 'contracted-out deduction' (COD) would be less than otherwise, meaning you would in effect get a bit of SERPS in your state pension. Conversely, if your GMP used fixed rate, and this produced an inflated figure compared to 'full' rate on state retirement age, your COD would be similarly outsized, and you wouldn't get inflation proofing on the GMP added to your state pension until the imbalance fell away.

    Before outsourcing, HBOS's pension team were really knowledgeable and I'm sure I could have clarified all this in a single call
    What was (is) your actual scheme by the way, given HBOS didn't exist in 1986? While the BOS scheme guide xylophone points to says fixed rate revaluation, the 2006 HBOS scheme guide on the same website has S148. (Due to mergers and acquisitions, it's not uncommon for different members of private sector schemes to have different revaluation and increase rates, and even different NRAs.)
    Last edited by hyubh; 06-01-2018 at 5:35 PM.
    • grahap
    • By grahap 6th Jan 18, 6:17 PM
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    Hi Xylophone, thanks for your help..

    I've tried the link to the scheme booklet ...however it states Page not found. I've tried Googling it however all the guides come up with the same message....including the one which relates to my scheme - halifax retirement fund. All the material they have sent me refers to GMP revaluation being limited rate 5%.

    The link regarding what is a GMP suggests my GMP rate should be 8.5%, and implies that there are now only two methods of revaluation - Section 148 or Fixed Rate. Does this mean there is legislation overriding HBOS's limited rate rule?

    Thanks for the link re Franking...I think this is the page which alerted me to it. It looks as if I come under Partial Franking 2 ) - which presumably means HBOS cannot offset any increased GMP against my 'normal' or 'excess' pension?

    I got a State Pension Forecast a few weeks ago -
    £159.43 per week - £8318.83 in 2021, age 66 - however I only get this amount if I contribute NI over the next 3-4 years (to make up for contracted out periods)...otherwise the figure is £141.20 per week - so I am in effect, buying years in the new State Scheme (post 2016).
    The Max state Forecast is £159.55 per week.

    COPE
    Cope estimate is £50.03 and the forecast states this will be paid by an Occupational scheme, and 'does not affect my State Pension Forecast' - so presumably means I won't get a deduction from my State Pension.

    sorry for the delay in replying however I wrote all this out and the forum then logged me out before posting ...won't be caught like that again.

    Thanks again for your help.
    • grahap
    • By grahap 6th Jan 18, 6:40 PM
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    Hi Hyubh
    My pension is the Halifax Retirement Fund 1974

    re Section 52 A...ah right. I have got a document from HBOS which states that my excess pension is revalued each year in line with 'price inflation' (doesn't say CPI or RPI) , up to 5%. This is how I did a rough calculation that my excess should be around £1077 per annum? To make this calculation, I just compounded CPI inflation each year, back to 1986 - I suppose this implies my current GMP is around £3133 (ie £4210 (full pension) less £1077) - does this make sense?

    Thanks again for your help
    • grahap
    • By grahap 6th Jan 18, 6:47 PM
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    Sorry...also meant to say my pension is Halifax Retirement Fund 1974.
    • hyubh
    • By hyubh 6th Jan 18, 6:55 PM
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    I've tried the link to the scheme booklet ...however it states Page not found. I've tried Googling it however all the guides come up with the same message....including the one which relates to my scheme - halifax retirement fund.
    Originally posted by grahap
    This one works for me -
    https://www.lloydsbankinggrouppensions.com/assets/former_scheme_guides/HRF_Scheme_Guide.pdf

    States S148 GMP revaluation ('re-valued in line with the rise in national average earnings each year').

    All the material they have sent me refers to GMP revaluation being limited rate 5%.
    I'd say that's plausible. The 'members guide' above comes from the 2000s, after limited rate revaluation could no longer be chosen.

    I got a State Pension Forecast a few weeks ago -
    £159.43 per week - £8318.83 in 2021, age 66 - however I only get this amount if I contribute NI over the next 3-4 years (to make up for contracted out periods)...otherwise the figure is £141.20 per week - so I am in effect, buying years in the new State Scheme (post 2016).
    Basically yes.

    Cope estimate is £50.03 and the forecast states this will be paid by an Occupational scheme
    Not exactly - that would make it meaningful!

    , and 'does not affect my State Pension Forecast' - so presumably means I won't get a deduction from my State Pension.
    Correct, the concept of a contracted-out deduction no longer applies for state pensions due from April 2016. Contracting out affected your foundation amount under the new rules, but no longer from that point. In particular, whether your GMP should have fixed rate revaluation or not won't affect your state pension in any way (whereas it would under the old system).
    • grahap
    • By grahap 6th Jan 18, 8:02 PM
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    Hi Hyubh,

    So...picking my way through the wreckage of all this ...

    ...it could be that the HBOS pension illustration is right??; and that's all I'm going to get from them - apart from yearly increases on the 'excess' pension (once in payment) which they quote as 'increased by inflation or 5% a year, whichever is lower (but not lower than 3%)'. There are no increases on the GMP element once in payment.

    I've just found a document from them dated Aug 2008, in which they state they have been using RPI, up to a max of 5% (whichever lower) to revalue the excess up to the point of payments commencing. So do you think my rough calculation of the excess amount being around £2226 is reasonable??

    (Interestingly, around the same time they quoted a GMP figure of £15000 however they have never repeated that figure, and when I rang them at the time, they could not explain it.)

    If what I'm saying seems likely, I'm starting to think I should do a transfer out...as even the the increasing annuity offers annual increases of 3% per annum on a reduced pension of £3620 (plus a lump sum of around £20400).

    Thanks again for your help.
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    • By hyubh 6th Jan 18, 8:14 PM
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    I have got a document from HBOS which states that my excess pension is revalued each year in line with 'price inflation' (doesn't say CPI or RPI) , up to 5%.
    Originally posted by grahap
    I would imagine they use the government's preferred measure then (which is what S52a orders use), so RPI up to 2011 then CPI after that. However, as I mentioned before, there is no statutory minimum revaluation on most of your excess. Do you still have your statement on leaving from back in 1986...?

    This is how I did a rough calculation that my excess should be around £1077 per annum?
    You really need a breakdown from the scheme administrator. The problem is, if they make a mistake now, it doesn't mean you would later have a right to keep what wasn't yours under the rules of the scheme. If I were you, I would also ask the following outright:
    • Is the entire excess subject to revaluation, or just the service from 1/1/86?
    • Scheme documentation states limited revaluation applies on the GMP. However, the GMP figure from HMRC quoted on xxx clearly assumes fixed rate revaluation, which produces a much higher GMP at GMP age compared to limited (or straight S148). If the HMRC figure is wrong, have you corrected their error with them since? Alternatively, if it is right, why has scheme documentation claimed limited revaluation applies?
    To make this calculation, I just compounded CPI inflation each year, back to 1986 - I suppose this implies my current GMP is around £3133 (ie £4210 (full pension) less £1077)
    GMP cannot be quoted as a balancing figure - it's its own thing. Given there seems to be agreement about the GMP on leaving, the revalued amount will be either the HMRC one or the £1282 (or thereabouts) I've calculated for full and limited.

    t could be that the HBOS pension illustration is right?
    Originally posted by grahap
    Yes

    and that's all I'm going to get from them - apart from yearly increases on the 'excess' pension (once in payment) which they quote as 'increased by inflation or 5% a year, whichever is lower (but not lower than 3%)'.
    I would get clarification this increase applies to all of the excess.

    There are no increases on the GMP element once in payment.
    There is no requirement for the scheme to provide increases on the GMP, correct.

    I've just found a document from them dated Aug 2008, in which they state they have been using RPI, up to a max of 5% (whichever lower) to revalue the excess up to the point of payments commencing. So do you think my rough calculation of the excess amount being around £2226 is reasonable?
    I make it a bit lower using a S52a table, but yes.
    Last edited by hyubh; 06-01-2018 at 8:29 PM.
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