Countdown bulletin 16 April 2016

13 April 2016

This Bulletin – Issue 16 includes a number of updates, including:

Statement of Pensions Liability - CA1629, CA1633, CA1635, CA1637 and CA1931 – confirming that CA1629 statements are no longer issued to PSAs for individuals who reach the state pension age on or after 6 April 2016. To replace the CA1629 statement Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP) Checker has been developed that will allow pension scheme administrators (PSAs) to obtain GMP calculations as and when you need them.

The 'GMP Checker' (formerly known as the GMP Micro Service) availability

From the 6 April 2016 the GMP checker has been made available to all PSAs to obtain GMP calculations and contributions and earnings information in respect of individual members of their Pension Scheme.

During the testing phase with a small number of schemes it was established not all PSAs had easy access to their Pension Scheme Administrator Identification Details (PSAID) and therefore it has been decided to extend the enrolment details allowed to access the GMP checker.

To access the service you will need to populate the user id and password fields. This field will currently accept the id and associated password for PSAID and your associated password. From 6 April 2016 access has also been available by using Practitioner Identification Details (PID) and the associated password.

If you are having difficulty accessing the service please contact Online Services Helpdesk on 0300 200 3600.

Other subjects covered in this issue include:

  • Tracking Contracted-out Rights after April 2016
  • Scheme Reconciliation Service (SRS)
  • Information for employers with a Contracted-out scheme
  • National Insurance Categories from 6 April 2016

The first of the April Countdown Bulletins was published on the 5 April – issue 15 and included details about:

  • Statements CA1629
  • The “Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP) Checker” formerly known as the GMP Micro Service availability from 6 April 2016, and
  • Enrolment problems – GMP calculation needed

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