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Transferring your DB Section benefits

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Below you will find a high-level process map showing the various steps involved in transferring your DB Section benefits to another pension arrangement. 

You can choose to transfer your DB Section benefits out of the Scheme. However, you will need to opt out of the DB Section and become a Deferred member first. If you opt-out you will cease to build up further benefits within the DB Section. The death in Service benefits payable to your Dependants may also be affected.

For more information about opting out please see the ‘Opting out while remaining in service’ page of this website. For more detailed information please also see the Transferring your benefits out of the Scheme Guide.

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  • 1 You request a transfer value quotation

    You can request a transfer value of your DB Section benefits from the Administration Team which will include any AVCs you have paid.

    PLEASE NOTE: If you paid AVCs under the DB Section then these would need to be transferred as well, either to the same or another arrangement. You may transfer your AVCs to another arrangement without transferring the remainder of your benefits within the DB Section.

  • 2 The Administration Team issues your quotation

    The Administration Team will calculate the current transfer value of your DB Section benefits.

    This quotation will state if it is guaranteed for three months from the date of calculation.

    Included with the quotation will be the various forms you will need to complete if you wish to proceed with a transfer.

  • 3 You obtain appropriate advice

    You seek the appropriate advice (normally from an independent financial adviser).

    PLEASE NOTE: If the transfer value is greater than £30,000 you will need to provide evidence you have received this advice before any payment is made.

  • 4 You return completed forms

    If you decide to proceed with the transfer, you will need to complete the forms included with the quotation.

    You will also have to provide your original birth certificate and, if your name is now different from that shown on your birth certificate other supporting documentation (e.g. your marriage certificate).

  • 5 The Administration Team checks transfer can proceed

    The Administration Team will undertake a number of checks to ensure that the transfer can proceed. This will include confirming you have received the appropriate financial advice if the transfer value is greater than £30,000.

  • 6 The Administration Team requests outstanding items (if any)

    If the Administration Team identify the forms and documents you have provided are incomplete, or further information is required they will write to you.

  • 7 You provide outstanding items (if any)

    If more information is required you will need to provide this before the transfer can proceed.

  • 8 The Administration Team pays the transfer value to receiving scheme

    Once all the information has been received by the Administration Team, arrangements will be made to pay the transfer value directly to your nominated arrangement (receiving scheme).

  • 9 The Administration Team confirms the transfer payment has been made

    Once the payment has been made the Administration Team will write to confirm this.

  • 10 The receiving scheme confirms receipt of transfer

    The receiving scheme normally confirms to you receipt of the transfer value.

  • 11 The Administration Team informs HMRC of transfer

    HMRC will be informed that the transfer has been made.