Pension FAQs

There is a child pension paid while the child is in full time education or vocational training up to the age of 23. The amount paid is 18.75% of the uncommutted pension for one child or 37.5% for two or more children. This becomes 25% and 50% in the event the event of the child becoming an orphan.

Yes, but only in very limited circumstances. Regulation K5 of the Police Pension Regulations allows forfeiture in the event of you being convicted of Treason or for an offence which involved the abuse of your position as a police officer or bringing the Service into disrepute. The final decision rests with the police authority and can be forfeited in whole or in part, permanently or temporarily.

Yes, any salary from being temporarily promoted is included in your Average Pensionable Pay (APP)

  • If you have less than 2 years’ service your pension contributions will be returned less an adjustment for tax and NI.
  • Between 2 – 25 years’ service (but not age 55) then you get a Deferred Pension which becomes payable at age 60 (includes pensions increases).
  • 25 – 30 years’ service (but not age 55) Smaller lump sum (pension x 2.25) which is payable when you reach 50.
  • Age 55 with any length of service you are entitled to immediate payment including maximum commutation

Not necessarily, it all depends on individual circumstances, the joint assets of the marriage, and whether your spouse has his/her own pension will impact upon the outcome. We recommend that you consult a solicitor who is a specialist in this area of law, such as Gorvin’s who have a department especially for police officers.

  • Yes, but they have to be a legally married or civil partner, the scheme does not recognise common law partners.
  • The entitlement ceases in the event of them remarrying or co-habiting. For widows the pension is half the officers uncommutted pension, for widowers the matters is complex as not all service prior to 1990 is calculated at the same rate.
  • Guidance on widower’s entitlement should be sought from the Pension Administrators.

The Death in Service Lump Sum Grant is calculated as two times your pensionable salary and is paid to your Spouse or civil partner if married and your Estate if not. In addition, there is also a Widow/er’s Pension but this is only paid to a legally married spouse or civil partner and would cease in the event of them remarrying or Co-habiting. A surviving child allowance is also paid.

Yes, but only from the age of 55, and at that point it would attract index linking back to date of leaving, except for ill health retirements, when it applies immediately.

Yes, you can but:

  • You would lose the death in service lump sum grant
  • You would pay tax on the pension contributions which are now in your pay
  • You would pay a higher rate of NI (class 1) as you are no longer in an occupational pension scheme
  • Note: your pension is calculated on the last day you were in the scheme and so will not reflect any subsequent pay increases.

Pensionable Pay includes basic salary, plus any temporary salary on temporary promotion.

If you leave between 25yrs and 29yrs 364 days service.

The lump sum is normally paid into your bank account the first working day after you leave and the pension is paid on the 1st of each month.

You can commute a maximum of a quarter of your pension as a lump sum, e.g. if you chose to commute the figures would be £24,000/4= £6000 which then has to be multiplied by your age factor. The commutation factors can be found in the Federation Diary or you can download the document Communation on Retirement for more information.

Pensions at Shared services should provide you with any pension forecast.

Contact XPS Pension Administration at:- 

Tel: 01642 727 333

When it’s right for you, but the last day of the month is a good date, as it means you will receive your full A/L allocation for that month (20 hours) get paid your wage for all of that month and then as your pension is paid in advance you will receive your fist pension pay cheque on the 1st day of the next month.