Transferring out

You can transfer your Scheme benefits to another HMRC registered pension arrangement. You will need to:

  • Take financial advice if your transfer value is more than £30,000 — this is a legal requirement
  • Fully understand the implications of transferring out — what this means for you and whether it’s right for you. Transferring your benefits out of the Scheme is an important financial decision.

You can transfer your benefits to:

  • Another occupational pension scheme
  • A personal pension, e.g. a self-invested personal pension (SIPP) or other individual pension arrangement
  • A qualifying recognised overseas scheme (QROPS).

If you are considering transferring out and want a more detailed understanding of what this means for you, login to My Retirement Planner.

It’s a secure online tool that explains more about transferring out and other retirement options. It’s designed to help you understand and compare these options but not to tell you what to do. My Retirement Planner also links to additional support and guidance including access to dedicated and independent financial advice.

The Trustees have appointed a specialist firm of independent financial advisers (IFA) to help you make sense of your options. They can provide bespoke advice based on your retirement figures and specific circumstances. The Trustees will pay for you to receive advice once when you’re within a year of your earliest Scheme retirement age (usually age 54). You can use your own IFA if you wish but you will have to pay for this yourself.

For most of you who are within a year of your earliest retirement age My Retirement Planner will provide your Scheme retirement figures and an illustrative transfer value. This represents the equivalent cash value of the Scheme benefits you have earned so far.

You have a legal right to apply for a transfer value at any time up to one year before your pension is due to start. You are entitled to one free transfer quote a year from UKPO. If you are within one year of your normal pension start date, or if you are over normal Scheme retirement age, you will need Trustee approval.

Beware!

There are a lot of illegal approaches from cold callers pretending to undertake a pensions review in your best interests. Many people have lost millions of their hard earned benefits to sophisticated scammers. Visit the Financial Conduct Authority’s website for the latest news and tips on how to avoid falling victim to scams. There are other useful links on the Documents page.
The process

1 Visit My Retirement Planner to understand your options


Over 54

2 View your Scheme retirement options and illustrative transfer value. This represents the equivalent cash value of your deferred Scheme benefits.

3Request advice from the Trustee appointed IFA via My Retirement Planner.

4The IFA will contact you within seven days to discuss your options and do an online ‘fact find’. This will include information about your income, expenditure, savings, debts and retirement goals. They will provide a personal recommendation report for you.

5Want to go ahead? They will manage the process and request a guaranteed transfer value from UK Pensions Operations (UKPO).

6 They tell UKPO what you’ve decided. UKPO then sends out the forms to complete the process. It’s important to complete the paperwork fully to avoid delaying the process.

Under 54

2 Request advice from the Trustee appointed IFA via My Retirement Planner.

3 The IFA will contact you within seven days to discuss your options and do an online a ‘fact find’. This will include information about your income, expenditure, savings, debts and retirement goals. They will provide a personal recommendation report for you.

4Want to go ahead? They will manage the process and request a guaranteed transfer value from UK Pensions Operations (UKPO).

5They tell UKPO what you’ve decided. UKPO then sends them the forms to complete the process. It’s important to complete them fully to avoid delaying the process.

6Alternatively, you can email UKPO and request an illustrative transfer value*. This represents the equivalent cash value of your deferred Scheme benefits.

7UKPO will send you a quote within 10 working days.

* You’re entitled to one free quote in a 12-month rolling period. You may be charged for further quotes.