Frequently asked questions
Pensions in payment
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- Can you confirm the amount of my monthly pension?
This information will be on your most recent pension advice slip. We send them to you in April and May, and then whenever the pension you receive changes by more than £1. If you need your most recent pensions advice slip but cannot find it, please phone us so that we can post a copy to you. It can take up to 14 days for you to receive the copy.
- Can you confirm the amount of pension I received between certain dates?
You could check your pension P60 which is sent to you at the end of each tax year. Your most recent pension payslip would let you know how much pension we pay you each month.
- I have not received my pension this month, what’s happened?
If you have not received your pension please contact us as soon as possible.
- If the pension is due to be paid on a Saturday, Sunday or bank holiday we pay the pension on the weekday before. Please look at the pension pay dates page to see if this might have happened to your pension this month
- If you have checked your account using online banking or at an ATM (cash point), some information may not show straight away. You could ask at your bank or building society, or try again the next day
- If mail we sent you has been returned to us by Royal Mail, we may temporarily stop your pension. When you contact us, we may ask you to complete a form in the presence of a witness to make sure we are paying pension to the right person. We will begin paying your pension again as soon as possible, including any payments that were missed
- Please write to us if you have moved home
- Have you changed bank or building society? Perhaps you did not write to us in time for the payment to be made to your new account. Please check your old account if that is the case. You could also call us to see if we received the new details
- Will my pension increase each year?
Pensions are increased yearly in line with inflation – this is called Pensions Increase. Pensions Increase is due in April each year.
- If your pension has been in payment for less than a year, you will not receive full pensions increase
- Your pension will not be increased if you are below age 55 (unless you retired due to ill health)
If you are eligible for Pensions Increase:
- Your pension for April will include Pensions Increase to cover the part month April increase
- Payments for May onwards will include pensions increase for the full month
- there will not be any Pensions Increase in years when CPI is zero
- What is the lifetime allowance on my P60?
The lifetime allowance (LTA) is set by HM Revenue and Customs. On your P60 we show you how much of the lifetime allowance you have used with this pension. A link to the HM Revenue and Customs website is on our useful links page.
The capital value of all of a person’s pension rights are tested against the lifetime allowance (LTA) each time they take pension benefits. If the total of all your pensions is more than the LTA (or any lifetime allowance protection) extra tax will be due on the excess.
The lifetime allowance does not include state retirement pension, state pension credit, spouse's, civil partner's or dependant's pensions.
- How much of my lifetime allowance have I used with my pension?
We send all pensioners a P60 each May. Your P60 shows how much of the lifetime allowance you have used with your pension. If you have retired recently, this information will be on the retirement letter we sent to you.
- When will I receive a pension payslip?
Not every month. If the pension we pay to you each month changes by more than one pound we will send you a pensions advice slip. You will also receive a pension advice slip in April and May each year.
- How to tell us about the death of a pensioner
To tell us if a pensioner has died please telephone us on 01962 845588 as soon as possible. Other ways to contact us, and information about what will happen next, is on our page called Report a death.