As a member of the Combined Pension Scheme you would pay contributions at the rate of 5% (7.5% for members of the Principal Non-Industrial Superannuation Scheme) of your pensionable pay. In addition those earning £21,000 or more pay a further 3.2% and those earning between £15,000 and £20,999 pay a further 1.5% of pensionable pay.
Your contributions to the CPS qualify for tax relief . See below for details of the tax position.
The Combined Pension Scheme of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority was formed on 1 July 1997 by merging the Principal Non-Industrial Superannuation Scheme (PNISS) and the Industrial Superannuation Scheme (ISS) for members employed by United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, British Nuclear Fuels plc and some employees of the Health Protection Agency, who were formerly employed by the National Radiological Protection Board. With effect from 1 April 2005 membership of the scheme extended to employees of the Civil Nuclear Police Authority.
The Finance Act 1989 introduced an earnings cap for pension contributions and benefits.
If you joined the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority pension schemes on or after 1 June 1989 or choose to be considered as though you had joined after this date, your contributions and benefits would be based on earnings which are not more than the maximum level of earnings set by the government each year. Any earnings in excess of the “earnings cap” are ignored for the pension purposes. For the 2016/17 tax year, "the earnings cap" was set at £150,600 a year.
Your basic Scheme contribution rate does not normally vary, but your employer is required to make contributions at whatever rate is needed to meet the cost of providing your benefits.
Tax relief is available on the following:
Prior to 6 April 2016 the Scheme is contracted-out of the Second State Pension (S2P), and as a result members paid lower national insurance contributions.
With effect from 6th April 2016, with the introduction of a Single Tier State Pension, the contracting out arrangements will cease and as a result the rebate on Contracted-Out contributions of 1.4% for employees and 3.4% for employers will cease.
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