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Options on leaving the Additional Voluntary Contributions Scheme

What if I transfer my United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority final salary scheme benefit to a new pension arrangement?

If you resign before retirement age and you transfer your United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority final salary scheme pension benefit to a different pension arrangement, your AVC Scheme fund will also be transferred to an arrangement of your choice. You can, however, chose to transfer your AVC fund without moving your benefits under the CPS, provided that the transfer is to another registered scheme or to an insurer by a transfer which is recognised as permissible by the Finance Act 2004.

What if I have a preserved award in the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority final salary scheme?

If your United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority final salary scheme pension benefit is preserved then your AVC Scheme fund can remain invested in the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority Group AVC Scheme and paid when you reach your scheme retirement age unless you decide to take your AVC benefits before your normal pension age or defer crystallising your AVC fund benefits. The details regarding deferment are shown below. You can, however, chose to transfer your AVC fund without moving your benefits under the CPS, provided that the transfer is to another registered scheme or to an insurer by a transfer which is recognised as permissible by the Finance Act 2004.

What if I retire early?

If you are a member of the Group Additional Voluntary Contribution Scheme with the Prudential you can choose to crystallise your AVC fund benefits provided you are over age 55.