The value of your benefits
You can ask for a statement showing the value of your benefits, this is called your ‘Cash Equivalent Transfer Value (CETV) statement’. The statement shows the ‘cash equivalent’ value of your deferred benefits calculated on a set basis (which we decide on the advice of the Actuary). Your CETV (excluding any AVC funds) will be guaranteed for a period, usually three months.
If you wish to transfer your guaranteed CETV, you’ll need to make sure all the associated paperwork reaches the Pensions Service Centre by the guarantee date shown in the statement. When you first contact the Pensions Service Centre about transferring your benefits, they’ll explain to you what you have to do. Once the Pensions Service Centre has received all the paperwork from you and your new provider, they’ll usually make the transfer within two weeks. The whole process may take about three months from start to finish.
The Pensions Service Centre can only send you one CETV statement in any 12-month period free of charge. If you want more than one in any 12-month period, you’ll be asked to pay a charge.
Please contact Capita in relation to RMSPS benefits.
For help with your decision
- The Pensions Advisory Service has independent, professional people who can answer all sorts of questions about retirement and pensions. The service is free; go to www.pensionsadvisoryservice.org.uk for more information.
- If you’re thinking of transferring your pension benefits to another pension arrangement, we recommend you take independent financial advice from a firm or individual authorised to give advice on transferring a pension.
- If the ‘transfer value’ of your pension is greater than £30,000, and you’re thinking about transferring to a defined contribution scheme, the Government now requires us to check that you’ve taken financial advice from such a firm or individual.
- You can find a financial adviser by going to www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk and looking in the ‘Pensions and Retirement’ section.
- Remember that neither the Pensions Service Centre nor your employer are allowed to give you financial advice, so we can’t tell you what you should do, only explain the choices you have.
Please get in touch with the Pensions Service Centre if you want to know more.
Beware of scams!
Don’t let a scammer enjoy your retirement
Scammers are targeting pension pots of all sizes – make sure you know how to spot the signs
Pension scammers are targeting people like you with the average victim losing £91,000 each. Scams are hard to spot and are often disguised with credible websites, testimonials and materials which make them look like the real thing.
To help you spot the signs and protect yourself from a scam, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Pensions Regulator suggest following four simple steps.
Step 1 - Reject unexpected offers
If you’re contacted out of the blue about a pension opportunity, chances are it’s a scam. Pension cold calling is illegal, and you should be very wary. An offer of a free pension review from a firm you’ve not dealt with before, is probably a scam.
Step 2 - Check who you’re dealing with
Search ScamSmart and check the FCA’s register to make sure anyone offering you advice is authorised. If they are, check they’re permitted to give pension advice by calling the FCA Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 6768. If you don’t use an FCA-authorised firm, you risk not having access to compensation schemes.
Step 3 - Don’t be rushed or pressured
Take your time to make all the checks you need – even if this means turning down what seems to be an ‘amazing deal’.
Step 4 - Get impartial information or advice
You should seriously consider seeking financial advice before changing your pension arrangements. In some cases, for example where you are wanting to transfer more than £30,000 from a 'Defined Benefit' scheme, you must obtain this advice. The RMPP is a Defined Benefit scheme.
Consider using The Pensions Advisory Service which provides free independent and impartial information and guidance.
If you suspect a scam, report it.
You can report an unauthorised firm or scam to the FCA using the online reporting form or on 0800 111 6768. If you suspect a scam, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or at www.actionfraud.police.uk.
Be ScamSmart with your pension. To find out more, visit www.fca.org.uk/scamsmart