17 January 2023
We are proud that our colleagues have chosen to support Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) as our charity partner for 2023.
13 October 2022
The SPPA is pleased to advise that a retirement calculator for the McCloud/Sargeant and 2015 Remedy is available for use on our website. Who is affected by McCloud/Sargeant and the 2015 Remedy If you joined a public sector pension scheme on or before 31 March 2012 and you were still a member on or after 1 April 2015, and had continuous service you will be eligible for the 2015 Remedy. This includes members who left but returned within 5 years to the same or another public service pension scheme.
05 October 2022
The Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA) today announced the intention to award a contract to Heywood Pension Technologies (HPT) for the supply of a new integrated pensions IT system, subject to a mandatory standstill period. Chief Executive David Robb said:
31 August 2022
Your Annual Benefit Statement (ABS) estimates your pension benefits accrued up to the end of the most recent financial year (NHS GP Medical Practitioners will have an ABS up to 31 March 2021). The Scottish Public Pensions Agency have issued Annual Benefit Statements for all active members of the Scottish: NHS, Teacher, Police and Firefighter Schemes from 31 August 2022.
20 June 2022
Scottish Ministers established a special temporary scheme that provided death in service benefits for relevant persons working for, or providing services on behalf of, an NHS Scotland Health Board, Special Health Board, NHS National Services Scotland (Common Services Agency) and Healthcare Improvement Scotland, called the NHS Scotland and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme 2020.
09 March 2022
From 1 April 2022, we are changing how retirement lump sums are calculated for 1987 Scheme members who are aged 50 or over and have between 25 and 30 years’ service. Currently, these members can commute up to 2.25 times their annual pension. This is being changed so they can commute up to 25% of their annual pension instead. This change will not apply retrospectively to retirements pre 1 April 2022.
28 February 2022
In line with guidance being provided to other UK governmental agencies and departments, the SPPA is highlighting a need to increase cyber security resilience in response to potential malicious incidents related to tensions in Ukraine. We are reaching out to our suppliers and raising awareness on our external channels using the following message:
10 February 2022
We have recently made changes to the 2015 remedy area of our website. These changes were made thanks to the great feedback provided by you, our members. Some of the recent changes include:
01 December 2021
The 2015 Remedy is a complex and significant change to those who are affected and we are aware of a number of myths currently circulating that are understandably making you nervous. These myths may also have you thinking about what you should do before the final salary schemes are closed to future pension build-up on 1 April 2022. To ensure that you have all the facts we have busted some of the myths that we've heard from both our members and their employers. Click on the appropriate dropdown box for your scheme to find out more:
18 November 2021
We have been working with Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to make sure that pension information we hold for members of our schemes matches their records. This work has identified that some pension payments from the SPPA have been incorrect. This relates to a part of the pension called Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP) and how the cost of living increases, known as index linking, have been applied to it.