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High Court judgement removes requirement for co-habiting nomination form

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.

South West Pension Funds appoint independent chair

The South West Pension Funds have appointed Denise Le Gal as its Independent Chair of the £25 billion Brunel Pension Partnership Limited.

The Partnership is one of eight national pooled funds, and will oversee the investment of the majority of pension assets for Avon, Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Environment Agency, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, and Wiltshire Funds.

Transferring pension to an overseas scheme – new charge

At the Spring Budget 2017 the government announced that from 9 March 2017 a new 25% overseas transfer charge applies to some overseas pension transfers that were previously tax free. This will affect members of pension schemes requesting to transfer their pension to an overseas pension scheme.

You will still be able to make a transfer tax free if you are transferring to a qualifying recognised overseas pension scheme (known as QROPS) and formally requested your transfer before 9 March 2017 or one of the following apply:

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