On 5 June 2018, the Trustee wrote to Section A and B members who are potentially affected by a court application currently being brought by BT.
BT has applied to Court for a judicial review of an HM Treasury decision that could impact how pensions in payment are calculated for certain Section B members.
From time to time the Trustee carries out a formal review of the actuarial factors which are used to calculate certain pension benefits.
The Trustee of the Scheme has updated the Privacy Notice, which explains how we manage the personal information that we hold.
BT and the Trustee of the BT Pension Scheme have reached agreement on the 2017 triennial funding valuation.
Alongside the options which are already available to members under the Scheme, from 6 April 2015 members can transfer their Defined Contribution (DC) benefits (i.e. AVCs) out of the BT Pension Scheme into one or more different pension registered arrangements.
Different DC pension arrangements will offer different options in relation to the way in which members can take their benefits. These options are likely to include the option to purchase an annuity (i.e. a guaranteed income for life) but may also include other options not offered by the BT Pension Scheme. Different options of taking your DC benefits will have different features, different rates of payment, different charges and different tax implications.
Please note that:
More information on the options available and the issues to consider when deciding which option might be most suitable for you can be found through Pension Wise (see option in left hand menu for more details). You can request information about your AVC benefits, your rights to transfer your AVCs and your options under the BTPS rules by contacting us using the details on the contact us page.
Please also read the guidance from the Pensions Regulator that explains the characteristics of each of the possible options here. Please note that not all of these options are offered by the BT Pension Scheme.
In addition, you may wish to consider taking independent financial advice.
Please select from section A, B or C
For members who joined the Scheme before 1 December 1971
For members who joined the Scheme between 1 December 1971 and 31 March 1986
For members who joined the Scheme on or from 1 April 1986 but before the Scheme closed on 31 March 2001