Changes have been made to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). These changes, unless indicated otherwise, come into effect from 14 May 2018 and are summarised below.
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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new set of European Union regulations due to come into force on 25 May 2018. It will change how organisations process and handle data, with the key aim of giving greater protection and rights to individuals.
The Avon Pension Fund already has procedures in place which comply with similar data protection principles under the Data Protection Act 1998. The new regulations will reinforce these existing requirements, and members are unlikely to notice a change in the service they receive from the Avon Pension Fund.
A recent High Court judgement has removed the requirement for members of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) to nominate their cohabiting partner to receive a survivor’s pension in the event of their death.
The outcome of this case effectively removes the requirement for a co-habiting nomination form from regulations and enables a LGPS administering authority to pay a partner’s pension, to the partner (who meets the definition of co-habiting partner set out in schedule 1 of the LGPS Regulations 2013) of a deceased member who died without completing a nomination form, and who left active membership on or after 1 April 2008 and prior to 1 April 2014.
Due to essential maintenance work my pension online will be unavailable from 8am on Monday 12 March until 5pm of Monday 12 March. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
A series of free pre-retirement workshops is available to assist members of the pension scheme when they begin to think about planning for retirement.
The workshops are aimed at anyone considering leaving employment on normal, early or ill health retirement, or taking flexible retirement within the next 18 months or so. Partners are encouraged and welcome to attend.