26 March 2020
The Coronavirus Act 2020 introduced on 25 March contains NHS Pension Scheme measures which immediately allow recently retired NHS staff to return to NHS work or increase their working commitments without their pension benefits being affected. These measures will provide valuable additional capacity to the NHS helping to ensure that the health care sector is able to meet the increased demands of the COVID-19 outbreak. Background The Coronavirus Act 2020 contains temporary measures that suspend the following scheme rules:
25 March 2020
On 25 March 2020 the Economic Secretary to the Treasury laid a Written Ministerial Statement before the UK Parliament to provide an update on the progress the government is making to address the discrimination identified by the Court of Appeal in the 2015 reforms in some of the public service pension schemes.
28 February 2020
SPPA Pledge to National Advisory Council for Women and Girls (NACWG): SPPA is proud to have signed the NACWG Pledge to help tackle gender inequality in Scotland. The NACWG has been set up by the First Minister's National Advisory Council on Women and Girls with a pledge to create an 'inclusive Scotland where all women and girls can reach their full potential'. You can find out more about the NACWG on the website: https://onescotland.org/equality-themes/advisory-council-women-girls/
19 November 2019
New pension measures for NHS Scotland staff have been announced From 1 December 2019, a new interim policy will give eligible NHS staff the option to get employer pension contributions paid as part of their basic pay. This will be available to all NHS staff who can evidence that they are likely to breach the Annual Allowance in the 2019/20 financial year and generate a tax charge as a result. What do I need to do?
04 September 2019
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and The Pensions Regulator (TPR) are joining forces again this summer to warn the public about fraudsters targeting people’s retirement savings. This warning comes as new research suggests that 42% of pension savers, which would equate over 5 million people across the UK, could be at risk by pension scammers. Research found that those who consider themselves smart or financially savvy are just as likely to be persuaded as anyone else. Four simple steps to protect yourself from pension scams:
23 July 2019
The Court of Appeal has recently upheld an appeal by Mrs Jane Langford, the unmarried partner of Air Commodore Green who died in 2011. Under the rules of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS), Mrs Langford was unable to claim an unmarried partner benefit from the AFCS as she remained married at the time of AC Green’s Death. The Court of Appeal has ruled Mrs Langford should be eligible to receive benefits.
10 July 2019
Your guide to Annual Allowance provisions for the 2018/19 tax year (for General Medical Practitioners 2017/2018 tax year) The amount of tax relief on pension contributions is limited to an Annual Allowance of £40,000 in each tax year – with further ‘tapered’ reductions for people who earn over £110,000.
02 July 2019
SPPA is undertaking an exercise to identify any pensions paid to survivors of same sex marriages or civil partnerships and review those where the scheme member had pre 1988 (1990 in the police) service that was not used in the award. SPPA will contact individuals whose survivor pensions have been revised to arrange for the revised rate and any arrears to be put into payment. For further information please see your pension scheme circular which can be found under Scheme Governance and Legislation - circulars. Date added 2 July 2019.
28 June 2019
Scottish Ministers respect the decision of the Supreme Court to refuse the UK Government’s appeal in the McCloud and Sargeant cases. Occupational pensions policy is reserved to the UK, and the UK Government is now required to make remedial proposals to the Employment Tribunal. We will publish more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, SPPA will continue to administer pension schemes in line with the existing regulations. Background
26 June 2019
The Scottish Government announced on 25 June 2019 that it will introduce legislation both in the Scottish and UK Parliaments that will extend the availability of civil partnership to mixed sex couples. The date mixed sex civil partnerships will be available will be determined by the legislative timetable but SPPA will introduce changes to scheme regulations to reflect the change when introduced.