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A News Carousel alerting readers to the very latest updates or important news items has been added to the homepage of the website.

A Latest News & Updates page has been added to the website, providing a list of all amendments and new content that has been created since 1 October 2023.

An amendment has been made to five FAQs

Clarification of policy from HM Revenue & Customs and HM Treasury has confirmed that where interest is paid at the 8% rate on arrears of pension and lump sum, the commercial rate of interest does not apply. The following FAQs have been amended to reflect the current position.

What is tax on interest payment? Which includes “Am I affected?”

What is the Scheme Administrator Member Payment?

Interest on arrears of annual pension

Interest on authorised amount of additional lump sums

Interest on unauthorised amount of additional lump sums

An amendment has been made to a useful document: –

Age discrimination project update to make an amendment to the active members affected by remedy.

An amendment has been made to a member remedy factsheet: –

Update on immediate choice remediable service statements to add in about the pre-election period after the General Election was called.

An amendment has been made to a useful document: –

Age discrimination project update to make some minor amendments.

A new useful document and a member remedy factsheet have been added to the website: –

Age discrimination project update is a document setting out an update of the remedy implementation project. It details the challenges that are being faced by the Police Pension Scheme and what is being done to manage this situation.

Update on immediate choice remediable service statements is a document for immediate choice members which provides an update about the provision of their remediable service statements and some of the technical policy issues that are currently being worked through.

A new member remedy factsheet has been added to the website: –

Compensation is a document for members who wish to make a claim for compensation as a result of remedy, it provides some guidance and sets out the process for claims.

Compensation claim form is the claim form that the member needs to complete to make a claim for compensation.

On 11 April 2024 the service to calculate the Public Service Pensions Remedy Adjustment was “shuttered” by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) due to an urgent technical issue.

Members are advised that if they need to make a submission to HMRC about their pensions tax within the remedy period that in the first instance they should email publicservicepensionsremedy@hmrc.gov.uk, putting “PSPR submission – police” in the subject line, alternatively they can call 0300 123 1079 and select option 1. HMRC will then be able to advise how to make a manual submission.

A new FAQ has been added to the website: –

How are transfers-in dealt with in the Police Scheme for remedy? Which also includes questions about “I transferred in during the remedy period, how is my transfer dealt with in the legacy scheme?” and “I did not transfer in during the remedy period, but I now want to make a retrospective contingent decision to transfer a benefit into the legacy scheme.

A new member remedy factsheet has been added to the website: –

Remedy timeline a document setting out the timeline for members of when they can expect to receive their remediable service statements.

A new and amended member remedy factsheet have been added to the website: –

Beneficiaries is a document for beneficiaries of members who were affected by remedy and have passed away.

Contingent Decisions the guidance document for members has been updated to include the information about a transfer contingent decision.

11 new FAQs have been added to the website: –

Tax on lump sum FAQs

Lump sum payments Which also provides specific information for each of the police pension schemes.

What is an unauthorised payment? Which also includes an explanation of “what is the unauthorised payments charge?”.

Tax on interest FAQs

Clarification about a late change of policy from HM Revenue and Customs and HM Treasury affecting the 8% interest payments made to underpaid annual pensions and lump sums for immediate choice members.

What is tax on interest payment? Which also includes “Am I affected?”.

What is the commercial rate of interest?

What is the Scheme Administrator Member Payment?

Interest on arrears of annual pension

Interest on authorised amount of additional lump sums

Interest on unauthorised amount of additional lump sums

Individual circumstances FAQs

When will I be asked to make a contingent decision?

Why am I receiving a refund of my Added Pension contributions?

Am I eligible to buy additional service as a contingent decision? Which also includes the relevant eligibility for both the 1987 and the 2006 police pension schemes.

A new member remedy factsheet has been added to the website: –

Added Pension compensation payments is a document for members who paid added pension payments into the 2015 police pension scheme during the remedy and explains what must happen to those payments as part of the rollback to the legacy scheme.

Two new member remedy factsheets have been added to the website: –

Contribution adjustments is a document for all members affected by remedy and outlines some of the key points about their contribution adjustment, such as when to make the adjustment and considerations about tax relief and interest.

Divorce is a document for members that have had a Pension Sharing Order made against their pension during the remedy period.

Three new FAQs have been added to the website: –

How do I calculate my pensions tax charge? Which also includes details for different groups of members “if you retired between 1 April 2015 and 30 September 2023”, “If you retired between 1 October 2023 and 6 October 2024”, “what happens after I’ve made my choice?” and “If you are an active or deferred member”

How can I pay my pensions tax charge?

How do I find HMRC guidance?

An amendment has been made to an FAQ on the website: –

How is interest applied? A revised policy position from HM Revenue and Customs and HM Treasury has identified that the 8% interest that is to be applied to underpayments of pension and lump sums may be subject to tax.

A new member remedy factsheet has been added to the website: –

Ill-health retirements is a document for members that retired on ill health grounds within the remedy period, explaining the choices available to them, why an ill health re-assessment may be required and what that means.

An amendment has been made to an FAQ on the website: –

Why do I have to wait until 31 March 2025 to receive my choice? Due to operational issues related to producing the immediate choice remediable service statements, the timetable has been extended for members within the first bullet point from 31 March 2024 to 31 July 2024.

A new animation video has been added to the website: –

Understanding your choices This is a video for immediate choice members to help explain their remediable service statements, which will be issued by 31 March 2025.

An amendment to correct an error has been made to an FAQ on the website: –

Why do I have to wait until 31 March 2025 to receive my choice? The second bullet point was incorrectly showing 1 January 2024 to 31 July 2024, this has been corrected to show 1 January 2024 to 30 November 2024.

A new FAQ has been added to the website: –

I was protected, why do I need to make a choice?

A new member remedy factsheet has been added to the website: –

Contingent Decisions is a document for members who wish to make a Contingent Decision claim and provides some guidance and sets out the process for claims.

Contingent Decisions claim form is the claim form that the member needs to complete to make a Contingent Decision claim.

A new FAQ has been added to the website: –

What happens to my 2015 pension if I retire from the 1987 legacy scheme before age 55? This also covers questions about “Compulsory Retirement Ages” and the “Retire and Return” options.