Reforms in April 2016 introduced the new State Pension. Most people reaching State Pension Age this year won’t be entitled to the full amount. How much will your State Pension be?
Following the announcement of a general election, the Government is expediting the Finance (No 2) Bill before Parliament is dissolved on 3 May 2017.
After much speculation, the Treasury has announced that it would not be looking to implement ‘significant changes’ to the UK’s pension taxation system.
Under current plans the State Pension Age is due to rise to age 68 by 2046. However, an independent report suggests that it should rise to age 68 by 2039 instead.
On 26 July Ofcom set out proposals for the establishment of Openreach as a separate company owned by BT plc
Members will be aware, on privatisation of BT in 1984, the Government provided a guarantee to the BT Pension Scheme. The Court of Appeal decision given on 14 July 2014 clarified that the ‘Crown Guarantee’ (as it has come to be known) is only relevant on a winding up of BT plc and, in such circumstances, would cover BT plc’s obligations under the Trust Deed to ensure the Scheme has sufficient funds to pay the accrued benefits (other than some exclusions in relation to certain aspects of the Scheme’s liabilities). It is important to stress that the Crown Guarantee does not cover the liabilities of the Scheme itself and/or the benefits of individual members. Rather it relates only to the obligations of BT plc to the Scheme as a whole and consequently, the Crown Guarantee only remains in place for as long as, and to the extent that, BT plc itself continues to have the obligation to support the Scheme.
The Crown Guarantee is, without doubt, a significant protection for members of the Scheme in the event of the winding up of BT plc, and the clarity provided in the Court of Appeal judgement is helpful in understanding the scope, effectiveness and applicability of the Guarantee.
Please select from section A, B or C
For members who joined the Scheme before 1 December 1971
For members who joined the Scheme before 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