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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 09:30

Please be advised that My Pension, Employer Pension Contributions Online and Employer Data Management services will have some maintenance work carried out on Wednesday the 27th of February from 20:00 - 22:00.

It is not expected this work will affect access to any of the services.

 

Public Service Pensions – Court of Appeal Case Valuations

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 16:34

We note the UK Government's announcement that, in the light of the recent Court of Appeal judgment, it has paused the cost cap valuations for public service pension schemes. We note also its decision to proceed with increases to employer contribution rates. We continue to press the UK Government to meet the full cost implications of the contribution rate change and we will keep in close touch with them to ensure that the interests of members and employers in the Scottish public sector are fully represented.

• In the meantime, there is no change to current member contribution rates or benefit accrual.

• SPPA will continue to administer pension schemes in line with the existing regulations.

• SPPA will work closely with scheme advisory boards and member and employer representatives to ensure all stakeholders are kept up to date.

 

Public Service Pension Reform - Legal Challenge To Transitional Protections

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 10:08

As part of the reforms to close final salary public service pensions in 2015, certain protections were given to those members who were closest to retirement. This has been challenged by members of the Judiciary scheme, and member of the Firefighters' schemes in England and Wales. On 20 December, the Court of Appeal found in favour of the claimants against the UK Government, ruling that the protections were discriminatory on grounds of age.

Scottish Ministers are aware of the Court of Appeal's decision in the firefighters' tribunal case, and are considering the judgement. Claims in Scotland are on hold pending the final outcome of the case, which will depend on the UK Government's response and whether it is granted permission to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court. We will provide further comment at the appropriate time.

In the meantime, SPPA will continue to administer pension schemes in line with the existing regulations.

 

GAD Factors

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 15:15

In the budget on 29 October 2018 the UK Government announced changes to the Discount Rate which is used for financing purposes in public service pension schemes. The discount rate has been reduced from 2.8% above CPI per annum to 2.4% above CPI per annum, with a resulting impact on actuarial factors used in the schemes. The Government Actuary's Department (GAD) is reviewing the factors and will issue revised factors to SPPA over the next three months. Some calculations for the NHS, Teachers', Police and Fire Schemes in Scotland will be suspended until the new factors are received.

Transfers from non-club schemes to the NHS, Teachers', Fire and Police schemes in Scotland: The change may affect you if you have requested a transfer and the transfer payment was not received before 29 October 2018. If you accept a transfer in quote provided by us before 29 October 2018, within the guarantee period, we will review the value quoted against the new calculations and use the greater of the two. If you have not accepted your transfer and are still considering the action to take we will recalculate your transfer using the new factors if you decide to proceed.

The suspension of transfers does not apply to the Local Government Pension Scheme (Scotland), as revised transfer factors have already been issued to administering authorities.

Other calculations: Some other calculations are suspended for a short time until new factors are received. Any scheme members impacted by the change in factors will be advised on an individual basis.

 

SPPA Pledge to NACWG

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 09:36

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/

As part of this Pledge, SPPA is also planning to host a number of in-house events across 2019, targeted at discussing the importance of tackling gender inequality and at raising awareness on this vital issue. 

We will share more information on, in addition to the outcomes of, these events in 2019.

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SPPA IT Project

Friday, 05 October 2018 07:58

In October 2015, the SPPA awarded a contract to Capita Employee Benefits to implement a new, integrated pensions administration and pension payroll system named 'PS Pension project.

Following some press coverage on the SPPA IT project, we would like to reassure our customers that our focus, as it was throughout this project, is to safeguard services for our customers.

This will ensure that pensions continue to be paid on time and that we support scheme members appropriately.

There is no change in the service that SPPA provide and we will continue to put the customers' needs at the heart of our service delivery and work on business solutions to enhance the customer experience.

Yesterday the Auditor General signalled her intention to prepare a report on the PS Pension project in 2019 once negotiations between SPPA and Capita Employee Benefits have concluded. For commercial reasons neither Audit Scotland nor SPPA can comment on the negotiations.

 

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