Promotion of My Pension Portal - 2 June 2020
During June and July, we will be writing to the active members of the Staffordshire Pension Fund, providing them with instructions on how they can register for My Pension Portal.
The annual benefit statements will only be available this year on the portal, unless members make a request to receive a paper copy.
To coincide with these mailshots to members, we have created some promotional material which you might like to place on notice boards, use on intranet sites or simply cascade the e-posters through your internal email system.
We would like to ensure that as many members as possible register prior to the date that the statements are published.
Your assistance in this matter will be greatly appreciated.
We have created 3 slightly different posters hi-lighting what members can use the portal for. Please feel free to use all or just your preferred one.
Covid-19 update for Employers - 6 April 2020
Please see the Covid-19 information advice page.
McCloud case update - March 2020
When the government reformed public service pension schemes in 2014 and 2015 they introduced protections for older scheme members. The Court of Appeal ruled that younger members of the judges and firefighters pension schemes were discriminated against because the protections did not apply to them. The government has confirmed that there will be changes to all public sector schemes to remove this age discrimination.
What does this mean for the LPGS?
The government and the scheme advisory board (SAB) are having high level discussions about what this means for the LGPS. The SAB is confident that the eventual outcome will provide younger members in scope with protection that is equal to the protection provided to older members.
The protection compares the benefits payable under the current rules with the benefits that would have been paid if the scheme had not changed in 2014 and pays the higher. This protection will apply automatically. LGPS members who meet the qualifying criteria do not need to take any action.
What will this mean for members?
It is important that members are made aware that many of them will not see an increase to their pension benefits. For others any increase is likely to be small because of low salary growth since the new schemes were introduced.
What will happen next?
The SAB will continue to work with the government to ensure that the necessary changes to the LGPS are fully implemented and that all members automatically receive the protection they are due.
Changes to the scheme will be backdated to April 2014 and will apply to qualifying members who left the LGPS after that date. Implementing and communicating the changes will be extremely challenging. The SAB have set up an implementation group to assist LGPS administering authorities and employers with this challenge.