Pensions increase 2021
Public Service pensions (including the LGPS) which have been in payment for a year or more will be increased by 0.5% from 12 April 2021 in line with the September-to-September increase in CPI. Any pension which has been in payment for less than a year will be increased by a proportionate amount depending on the number of months it has been in payment.
If your pension commenced after 27 April 2020 you will receive a proportional pensions increase. Please see the table below:
|Pensions beginning||Pensions increase|
|Before 21 March 2020
|22 March 2020 - 27 April 2020
|28 April 2020 - 27 May 2020
|28 May 2020 - 27 June 2020
|28 June 2020 - 27 July 2020
|28 July 2020 - 27 August 2020
|28 August 2020 - 27 September 2020
|28 September 2020 - 27 October 2020
|28 October 2020 - 27 November 2020
|28 November 2020 - 27 December 2020
|28 December 2020 - 27 January 2021
|28 January 2021 - 27 February 2021
|28 February 2021 - 27 March 2021
|28 March 2021 onwards
If you have built up any CARE pension (if you were a member of the pension scheme after 1 April 2014) and then left between 28 April 2020 and 31 March 2021, the CARE pension will also be increased by a part year revaluation (PYRV). This amount, when added to the proportional pensions increase should equal the full 0.5%. This is a means of ensuring that your CARE pension is revalued in full.
A member left the scheme on 31 July 2020. They built up a total Pension of £5000 split as follows:
- Final Salary Pension: £3000
In April 2021 their pension will increase as follows:
- Final Salary Increase: £3000 plus 0.33% = £3009.90
- CARE Increase: £2000 plus 0.5% = £2010.00
Guaranteed minimum pension (GMP)
Before 5 April 2016 the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) was a 'contracted-out' pension scheme. This means that when you were working, you paid a lower amount of National Insurance contributions than someone doing the same job, who wasn’t paying into the scheme. This is because you were only paying for their basic state pension and not the additional state pension. Between 6 April 1978 and 5 April 1997 this was called the state earnings related pension scheme (SERPS).
From 6 April 2016 the government abolished contracted-out schemes and replaced the basic and additional state pension with a single state pension.
If you were a member of the LGPS between 6 April 1978 and 5 April 1997 and you attained state pension age before 5 April 2016, Staffordshire Pension Fund must guarantee that your LGPS pension is at least equal to the additional pension you would have received if you were a member of SERPS. This rate is known as a guaranteed minimum pension.
A GMP has two parts in respect of:
- any scheme membership between 6 April 1978 and 5 April 1988 (pre-1988)
- any scheme membership between 6 April 1988 and 5 April 1997 (post-1988)
It is paid as part of your pension benefits, not as an addition. When a GMP is applied to your pension, pensions increase is added to your pension benefits in a slightly different manner:
Staffordshire Pension Fund is responsible for:
- all pensions increase on any part of the pension that is not GMP
- up to 3% of pensions increase on any post-1988 GMP
The State is responsible for:
- any pensions increase above 3% on any post-1988 GMP
- all pensions increase on any pre-1988 GMP
The pensions increase that the State is responsible for will be paid to you as part of your state pension.
If your state pension age is after 6 April 2016, the GMP is not used to calculate any pensions increase and Staffordshire Pension Fund is wholly responsible for paying the pensions increase on your pension.
If you wish to print out this information, please select the document below: