News & Pensions Increase

The following section provides information on pensions increase and news for pensioner members.

Pensioner Newsletter 2020

2020 Pensioner Spring Newsletter



Pension Pay Days 2020/21

Friday 24 April 2020
Tuesday 26 May 2020
Friday 26 June 2020
Friday 24 July 2020
Wednesday 26 August 2020
Friday 25 September 2020
Monday 26 October 2020
Thursday 26 November 2020
Wednesday 23 December 2020
Tuesday 26 January 2021
Friday 26 February 2021
Friday 26 March 2021


Changes to Survivor Benefits

Changes to survivor benefits for same sex spouses and civil partners

Changes have been made to the scheme rules that provide survivor benefits payable to a same sex spouse or a civil partner. They now equal those paid to the widow of a male member. 
 

Why has the change been made? 

The change has been made as a result of a Supreme Court judgment (Walker v Innospec) which found that Mr Walker’s male spouse was entitled to the same benefits that would have been paid if Mr Walker had left a widow in an opposite sex marriage.
 

Why does this apply to the LGPS? 

The government believes that the implication of this judgment for all public service pensions schemes, including the LGPS, is that surviving civil partners or surviving same sex spouses should be provided with benefits equal to those that would be left to the widow of a male member. 
 

When does the change take effect from? 

The change is backdated to the date the civil partnerships and same sex marriages were introduced – this is 5 December 2005 for civil partnerships and 13 March 2014 for same sex marriages. 

This means that where a member of the LGPS has died leaving a surviving civil partner or a same sex spouse, the survivor’s pension in payment will need to be reviewed and any additional amounts paid, where applicable. We are in the process of reviewing the impact of this change and will be contacting affected civil partners and same sex spouses in due course.
 


Pensions Increase 2020

The Government has approved the rate of increase for all public service pensions. The increase is effective from 6 April 2020 and is 1.7%.

The increase is set by reference to the Consumer Price Index in September 2019. It does not reflect the performance of the Pension Fund and we do not have the power to pay an additional increase.


LGPS National Insurance Database

A data sharing project with other LGPS pension funds in England, Wales and Scotland has been undertaken in order to comply with legal requirements contained in the LGPS’s governing regulations.

Provisions contained in the LGPS Regulations 2013 mean that, if a member of the LGPS dies, it is necessary for the scheme’s administrators to know if the individual also had other periods of LGPS membership elsewhere in the country so that the right death benefits can be calculated and paid to the deceased member’s dependants.

LGPS National Insurance Database - Privacy Notice