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grapevine Your tax & P60 questions answered

New pensions choices but not for us Readers’ stories

APRIL 2015, ISSUE 20


Hello and welcome... to this latest edition of Grapevine, your magazine from GMPF. And a special welcome to you if this is the first copy of Grapevine you have received, either because you have only started drawing your pension fairly recently, or because you are one of our Probation colleagues whose pension arrangements have now moved across to Greater Manchester Pension Fund. As you will see, Grapevine has a mix of stories - our regular reminders about things that affect us all, like tax, but also readers’ stories too. And we feel it’s that input from you our readers, that really makes Grapevine your magazine - so do keep those stories rolling in. This time I especially enjoyed Alan Frost’s funny story on page 23, about his time ‘on the buses’. As always, in the same envelope as this Grapevine is your P60 and payslip. Every year we get hundreds of people who throw them away with the envelope, then have to phone us for a replacement. So do please remember to keep yours in a safe place. Also, the helpful notes on the facing page should answer many of the common questions we get asked. That’s all from me - I hope you enjoy this issue. All the best,

Ged Dale, Assistant Executive Director, Pensions Administration.

Greater Manchester Pension Fund, Concord Suite, Manchester Road, Droylsden, M43 6SF 0161 301 7100 www.gmpf.org.uk

Greater Manchester Pension Fund is administered by Tameside MBC and is part of the Local Government Pension Scheme


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Your pensions increase this year... To help protect your pension against rising prices, each year we increase it in line with inflation. This article looks at the increase this time, and explains why the full increase won’t apply until May... If you are due an increase, your pension from us is increased in line with the Government’s preferred rate of inflation - the consumer prices index, or CPI. This is measured from September to September, and the rate for the year ending last September was 1.2% - so that’s the increase this year.

But please note: nobody will get the full 1.2% this month. Here are the reasons why...

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full increase doesn’t apply until May. That’s because the pensions  The increase actually happens several days into April - this year on the 6th. So remember, you won’t get all the increase you’re due until May. you paid into the scheme before 6 April 1997 and have now  Ifreached State pension age you probably have what’s called a GMP - a guaranteed minimum pension. This isn’t a separate pension but rather a minimum amount your pension from us has to at least equal. GMPs also attract pensions increase but some or all of this pensions increase is paid along with your State pension. So part of the increase is paid with your GMPF pension and part is paid with your State pension. retired part way through the year, you won’t be entitled  Iftoyou the full year’s increase - see the chart below. So as you can see, nobody will get the full 1.2% this month.

Important note if you only started drawing your pension for the first time part way through the year... In this case, you will get part of the year’s pensions increase as shown in the table...

Date of retirement

Are there any other reasons the increase might not apply? Yes, if you are under 55, your pension won’t start increasing until your 55th birthday, unless you retired on the grounds of ill health.

Increase

07 April 2014 - 21 April 2014

1.20%

22 April 2014 - 21 May 2014

1.10%

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1.00%

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0.90%

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0.80%

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0.70%

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0.60%

22 Oct 2014 - 21 Nov 2014

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0.40%

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Piecing together Most people are allowed to receive a certain amount of income in a tax year before tax is payable. This is known as the personal allowance. For the new tax year, the ordinary allowance goes up to £10,600 as shown here... Personal allowance changes for the new tax year Tax allowances Personal allowance (born after 5 April 1948) Personal allowance (born before 6 April 1948) Personal allowance (born before 6 April 1938)

2014/15 £10,000 £10,500 £10,660

2015/16 £10,600 £10,600 £10,660

If you receive earnings or draw a pension from a scheme like ours, this income is taxed through the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system. Since we pay pensions monthly, this means you effectively get 1/12 of the annual allowance each month. This means that allowances are spread equally over the year rather than you starting to pay tax only once earnings/pensions exceed your allowance.

Age related allowances

There are higher allowances for people born before a certain date. However, the Government is gradually winding these down, meaning they will disappear once the ‘ordinary’ personal allowance catches up with them. If you were born between 6 April 1938 and 5 April 1948: There is no longer any extra allowance for people in this age group... Whilst this allowance is higher than last year, it has only got up to £10,600, making it exactly the same as the ordinary personal allowance. If you were born before 6 April 1938: There is still a small advantage for people in this age group... Whilst this allowance hasn’t gone up from last year, it it still more than the ordinary personal allowance, and stands at £10,660.

New marriage allowance

If your income is less than £10,600 in the 2015 to 2016 tax year, you may be able to reduce your husband, wife or civil partner’s tax by transferring some of your Personal Allowance to them. This won’t come in until later this year, but you can register your interest with the HMRC by visiting: www.gov.uk/marriage-allowance 6

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Example based on ordinary allowance Bernard gets the ordinary personal allowance of £10,600, so that means he can receive around £883 a month tax free. Bernard doesn’t draw his State pension yet, but he gets a pension from ourselves of £600, and he has a part time job which brings in £400 a month...

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£117

So he will pay tax on the £117 difference – in his case at 20% - so that works out at around £23 a month in tax.

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What if I think m y tax code is wrong? Please don’t tell us , as we cannot alter it! Only the HM RC can do this, so you need to spea k to them as shown below.

What does my tax code mean? In simple cases, you just take your tax free income for the year and knock off the last digit. So if you have an allowance of £10,600 and no adjustments, say for State pension, your code would be 1060L.

0300 200 3300

www.hmrc.gov.uk

Open 8am - 8pm, Mon-Fri, and 8am - 4pm Saturdays. Text phone number for hearing & speech impaired members: 0300 200 3319

Please quote your National Insurance number and reference 582 M5010

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Let’s talk paydates & payslips To take care of a group of pensioners who have moved under the wing of GMPF, we now pay GMPF pensions on THREE different dates...

We pay on the first traditional banking day of the month for... l Anyone who was already on pension with GMPF before January 2012, and  Probation service pensioners where this is l the same as or close to their old paydate. We pay on the 16th of the month for...  robation service pensioners, where lP neither of the other two dates are close to their old paydate.

We pay on the last traditional banking day of the month for... l Anyone whose first pension payment with GMPF was January 2012 or later, and l Probation service pensioners where this is the same as or close to their old paydate.

What happens where one of these pay dates falls on a weekend or bank holiday? If you are paid at the start of the month: in this case, we will pay you on the next banking day. For example in August, the 1st falls on a Saturday, so we will pay you on Monday 3 August. If you are paid in the middle of the month: in this case, we will pay you on the previous banking day. For example in August, the 16th falls on a Sunday, so we will pay you on Friday 14 August. If you are paid at the end of the month: in this case, we will pay you on the previous banking day. For example in October, the 31st falls on a Saturday, so we will pay you on Friday 30th. 8

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Will you send me a payslip each time I’m paid? Remember generally we won’t send you a payslip each time you are paid. But here are the times when we will send you one... We always send out a payslip when someone first retires, then, you will always get one for April (which doubles as a P60) and then one for May, with this being the first month that includes in full, the new rate of pensions increase. Apart from that we only produce a payslip when your monthly pension changes by £5 or more after deductions.

Remem MAY is the ber fi that inclu rst month des in full the new rate of pension s increase.

Spellchecker required! Thanks to Sheila Gallagher for sending in this funny story about her time as an NVQ Coordinator with a local council. She tells us... A new administrative assistant started work with us and was unfamiliar with the language used. In a report about the Level 2 care qualification, instead of typing internal verifiers she put infernal vampires. It was so funny we laughed for ages about it. Shortly after that she was typing a job reference for me about a young man called Chris. She ended the reference by typing “I am sure that Christ will be an excellent addition to your team.” She soon settled onto the team, and she became so good, we didn’t get any more funny typing errors. But it was good fun while it lasted!

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Watch your limits...

This is just a reminder about two key limits set by the HMRC which can affect pensions - the annual allowance and the lifetime allowance. As a pensioner, you are unlikely to be affected by these, but just in case you are, here are the headline figures for this year.

Annual allowance

This is a limit on how much your pension can grow each year without penalty, so it’s only really an issue for people who are still paying in to a pension, and whose pension pot grows significantly, for example following a promotion. For 2015/16, annual allowance stays at the same level of £40,000.

Lifetime allowance

This is a limit on the amount of pension savings you can build up over your life that benefits from tax relief. Your pension savings with GMPF will have been tested by us against the lifetime allowance when you first started to draw them. So as long as all of your pension benefits are already in payment, and you have no intention of starting a new pension, you do not need to worry about the lifetime allowance. For 2015/16, lifetime allowance stays the same at £1.25 million.

A reminder about our overseas payments.... We can pay pensions all over the world - everywhere from Albania to Zanzibar. If you live overseas and get a pension from us, remember we now pay your pension to you by Western Union. This brings several benefits:

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l There is no charge for the transaction (which there was before) l They use their own payments network so pensions should normally be paid around one day after the normal UK paydate l There are preferential exchange rates.


New look online service finally clicks into place...

by GMPF

Last time we explained how we were hoping to launch a new version of our online service, allowing you to do things like printing P60s, viewing past payments, and so on. Unfortunately we have had all kinds of teething problems with it, and this has caused a long delay. We’re really sorry about that, but we‘re pleased to say that things are now moving ahead with the new service... What’s the new service called? The new service is called Mypension.

What you can do with

When will it go live?

We’ve been piloting it with a number of pensioners like you, and it should be live (again just for pensioner members) by the end of May this year.

How do I register for Mypension?

If you want to use the new service, you will need to register. As the new service goes live, we will add links and more information to our website - at www.gmpf.org.uk. You might want to sign up for our web updates service. to find out when this happens.

What do I do if I was a user of the old online service? You will still need to register as if you were a new user, as your old log in details will not work. We will write to you with an activation code so you can do this.

by GMPF

l  See a simplified version of your pension records l Tell us about any changes in your home address, telephone number or email address l Contact us with a direct query l Check and print previous payslips l Check and print your current P60 (proof of income)

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Pensioners’ Forum Old Trafford Cricket Ground

The Point Conference Centre, Old Trafford Cricket Ground, 10:00am to around 3:00pm

Friday 9th October 2015

We are pleased to let you know that our pensioners’ forum is back, and will once again will be held at Old Trafford Cricket Ground.

What’s in store

If you’ve been before, you’ll know exactly the type of thing to expect…. The day will start with refreshments in our hospitality and exhibition area, where you can pick the brains of the experts we’ve laid on from various organisations.

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Then later we move through to the adjacent conference room for presentations, largely about you and your pension. Then we break for lunch, followed by a second chance to ‘grill the experts’.

Getting there

Although not right in the city centre, the venue has excellent public transport links. Several buses stop nearby, and it has its own Metrolink tram stop. For those of you who prefer to drive, there’s a huge on site free car park.


How to apply

Tickets are free of charge, but are limited, so we’ll be drawing names out of a hat. To be in with a chance, simply fill in the slip below and send it to us by 30 June 2015. We’ll do the draw in August and send out your ticket shortly after that if you’ve been successful.

Please

think of your fellow pensioners and only apply for a ticket if you intend to use it.

Please enter me in the draw for a ticket for the 2015 Pensioners’ Forum Your full name: Your Pension Number: See enclosed payslip if you don’t know your pension number

Signed: Please place in an envelope and mail to:

Communications Team, Greater Manchester Pension Fund, Concord Suite, Manchester Road, Droylsden, Tameside, M43 6SF.

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New found freedom with pensions - or is it?

Over the coming months you’ll see a lot of coverage in the papers and on TV about changes to the law surrounding pensions, giving people more freedom on how to draw their pensions. But most of the changes don’t have any impact at all on schemes like ours, as this article explains.

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The government will soon be bringing in some of the biggest changes to the pensions industry in nearly a century. The shake up is being called Freedom & Choice in Pensions, and plans to give people far more choice about how to access their pension pots.

in one go, then blow it all on a fancy car or a world cruise, leaving themselves with no money to live on in retirement.

Until now, people in personal pensions and even some types of staff pension schemes had to take the pension savings they had built up, and turn them into a pension by buying an annuity. So people in schemes like this faced two uncertainties... first, how well their pot would grow as it was invested, and second, what level of pension the annuity would create.

Generally no, for two reasons... First, these changes are targetted mainly at people in defined contribution schemes. Your local government pension scheme is not this type of scheme, instead it is a defined benefit scheme. With our type of scheme, as a member you automatically built up a range of pension benefits - benefits which were based on your pay. So the ‘weak link’ of having to buy an annuity simply didn’t apply to your main benefits in the Local Government scheme. The second reason the changes won’t affect your Local Government pension is that the point at which you could choose various options has passed now that you are drawing your pension. So even if the changes did apply to Local Government, it would be almost impossible to unravel the pensions paid to people like you. So although the media are going to get increasingly excited by these new options, remember, there is no impact on the pension you draw from us.

Schemes like this are known as defined contribution schemes (DC schemes for short). And the changes you may hear about are largely aimed at giving more freedom and choice to people in this type of scheme, by removing the requirement to buy an annuity. People will still be able to buy an annuity if they want, but if they prefer, they will be able to draw all their pension savings as one ‘cash’ amount. That sounds great, but only the first 25% will be tax free, with the rest being taxed. And there is the obvious risk that somebody might take all their pension savings

So does any of this affect my local government pension?

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AL RY I EC A P S M M SU

Report & Accounts

2014

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Introduction Schemes like ours are called defined benefit schemes – this means members pay in a defined amount in contributions, and the members and/or their dependants get a defined amount in benefits. It’s a really safe type of scheme to be in, because it means nobody’s benefits can be adversely affected by a downturn in stock markets, and so on. So how do we make sure we can achieve this? Of course members and employers are paying into the ‘pot’ to fund the pension scheme, and we also invest that pot in all manner of investments to help it grow. Every three years there’s then a ‘healthcheck’ on the pension fund, by an expert called an actuary, to make sure there’s enough in the pot. If there isn’t, employers have to pay more in. If you would like to know a little more about our finances, and the types of things we invest in, here you will find a summary of our full annual report. To see the full annual report, please go to: www.gmpf.org.uk/2014/publications/annualreport.htm

Summary of our finances MONEY IN

Contributions from members and employers

£408 million MONEY IN

Earnings from investments

£259 million MONEY IN

Growth in value of assets

£564 million

VALUE OF THE FUND Opening balance: 31 March 2013

£12.59 billion Closing balance: 31 March 2014

£13.28 billion Your fund has grown by:

£695 million

MONEY OUT

Pensions, lump sums, transfers out & administration costs

£536 million

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Jargon buster Here are some of the terms used in this summary report, and what they mean: Equity holdings: equities simply means stocks and shares in companies, both in the UK and overseas. You will see a list of our top 20 equity holdings – in other words the companies we hold most stocks & shares in. Examples includes Shell and Aviva.

Benchmark asset allocation: This shows how we split our investments - for example the first pie chart shows that over 60% of our investments are in equities, with the remainder made up of things like property, bonds, and alternative investments.

How we performed: This section has two graphs. Pension Fund Returns shows how well we performed over a number of years, compared to other local authority pension funds. Investment returns shows how well we performed last year in each investment class.

Top 20 equity holdings £269 million

£261 million

£168 million

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£148 million

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Management arrangements Internally managed

Total Main Fund £12,986 million

£1,518 million

Cash & Private Equity

£790 million

Property

£728 million

Externally managed

£11,468 million

Securities Portfolio

UBS

£6,652 million

Securities Portfolio

Capital

£1,965 million

Securities Portfolio

Legal & General £2,794 million

Property Venture Fund GVA

£57 million

Benchmark asset allocation Major asset class split PUBLIC EQUITY 62%

Bonds/cash split UK GOV’T BONDS 17.9%

BONDS/CASH 23.5%

UK CORPORATE BONDS 24.2%

PROPERTY 10%

UK INDEX LINKED 11.5%

ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS 4.5%

OVERSEAS GOV’T BONDS 11.5% OVERSEAS CORPORATE BONDS 3.0% OVERSEAS INDEX LINKED 5.5% CASH 26.4%

UK/overseas equity split

Overseas equity split

UK EQUITIES 40%

NORTH AMERICA 32.5%

OVERSEAS EQUITIES 60%

JAPAN 15.0%

EUROPE 27.5% PACIFIC 10.0% EMERGING 15.0%

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How we performed This graph compares our returns with other local authority pension funds.

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20 Pensions Grapevine 2015

CASH/OTHER

PROPERTY

ALTERNATIVES

OVERSEAS INDEX LINKED

UK INDEX LINKED

OVERSEAS CORPORATE BONDS

UK CORPORATE BONDS

OVERSEAS GOV’T FIXED INTEREST

UK GOV’T FIXED INTEREST

OVERSEAS EQUITIES

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UK EQUITIES

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A selection of our investments We invest in a broad selection of investment classes, including: l Equities In other words stocks & shares in UK and overseas companies l Property Owning retail units, factory units etc, and renting them out to tenants l Private  Backing business ventures such as new start ups or management buyouts equity

An example from our equities portfolio...

Ford Motor Company The Ford Mustang is the newest member of a very exclusive club – vehicles in continuous production by Ford for 50 years. It sits alongside Ford’s global brands including the Fiesta, the iconic Transit van, and the Focus – the best selling nameplate in the world. And if you thought that self-driving cars were the stuff of science fiction, think again... engineers at Ford Europe have been working on a car that is able to park itself on demand - even if the driver is outside the vehicle!

An example from our private equity portfolio... Dr. Martens

GMPF was one of the backers behind the Permira funds’ £300 million acquisition of iconic footwear brand Dr. Martens. The deal adds to the Permira funds’ portfolio of fashion businesses which already includes Hugo Boss and New Look. Dr. Martens is a global brand with a rich and diverse heritage. The company’s deep-rooted links with music, sub-cultures and self expression have kept it at the forefront of youth culture for over 50 years. With headquarters on the site of the original factory in Northamptonshire, Dr.Martens footwear is sold in 63 countries worldwide, with key markets in the US, Asia and Europe. You can download a PDF version of the full Report & Accounts for the year to 31 March 2014 from our website, www.gmpf.org.uk.

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No hiding place Here’s a friendly reminder that if you are claiming any sort of benefit, for example, housing benefit, you must tell them that you draw a pension from us, in case its value has to be taken into account. If you fail to do this, the authorities will treat it as a form of fraud. Another form of potential fraud is where one of our members dies and whoever is looking after their affairs fails to tell us, meaning we carry on paying the pension when we shouldn’t. Normally this is a genuine error, and quite understandable at the time of someone’s death. But do please help us avoid cases like this by discussing the issue with whoever is going to look after your affairs after your death. Please tell them that they should let us know as soon as possible when you die, and they can do this simply by phoning us on 0161 301 7100. That way we can stop your pension before any wrong payments have been made, and of course put into place any new pensions which are due, such as a pension for a dependant.

National Fraud Inititiative To pick up any overpayments - whether accidental or otherwise - we take part in the National Fraud Initiative, which cross checks the records from pension schemes like ours with the Department for Work & Pensions’ database. This picks up cases of fraudulent claims which are then investigated further, sometimes in conjunction with the Police. We also use a service called Faraday Tracing Bureau, which runs a check each month against the General Register Office’s records. They then pass on to us the names of members who may have passed away without us being aware. We can then carry out further checks, including sending a Life Certificate, which asks the member to contact us if they are still alive. So if you get one of these from us, please don’t be offended... it really is in your interest to fill it in and send it back - otherwise we may stop your pension!

For more information about the National Fraud Initiative, and how Tameside takes part in it, please see: www.tameside.gov.uk/fraud 22 Pensions Grapevine 2015


H T E N O B US ES

We’ve had a great story from Alan Frost who now lives in Conway, telling us about his time ‘on the buses’...

Alan worked for Manchester Transport, and worked out of the Altrincham depot as a bus driver. Alan drove a traditional style double decker – the type with the driver in an enclosed cab at the front, an open platform at the back for the passengers to get on and off, and a conductor or conductress to take the fares. Alan tells us: “These buses had to be parked ‘nose in’ each night, so at the start of the shift, I would reverse the bus back out, ably guided by the conductress”. He went on to tell us: “One particular morning, I reversed the bus out, waited a second for my conductress to hop on, then drove off on the ‘dry run’ as we called it – the first run of the day to pick up passengers at the first bus stop on the route.” “Half way along this dry run I was amazed to see a motorcyclist zooming up behind me, flashing his lights and sounding his horn, to attract my attention. He then proceeded to overtake me, and I just fell about laughing as I saw my trusty conductress riding pillion, clinging on for dear life, and waving frantically! Unbeknown to me, having guided me out of the depot, she had nipped to the loo, and literally missed the bus! I laugh about it to this day!”

Reader’s story

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It’s TV Simply enter this TV themed prize quiz for a chance to win one of our smart little document bags. First correct entry drawn out of the hat wins.

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Name the actress who played John Steed’s assistant Cathy Gale in The Avengers.

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Name the fictional seaside town in which Dad’s Army was set.

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What was the name of Steptoe and Son’s horse?

What “number” was Patrick McGoohan given in The Prisioner? Who was the original host of This is Your Life?

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You can email your answers, together with your name & daytime phone no. to: simon.jessop@gmpf.org.uk. Please mark the subject GVQUIZ. Or, fill in the slip What car was “hand built by robots” below & post to GMPF Communications, in the 1979 TV ad? Concord Suite, Manchester Rd, What is the name of the tower block Droylsden, M43 6SF. where Del Boy & Rodney lived?

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What was the first programme broadcast on Channel 4 when it was launched in 1982?

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Write in & win! The other easy way of getting your hands on one of our exclusive document bags is to send in a story we can use in Grapevine. If we can fit it in next year’s issue, we’ll get in touch with you early next year, and send you your prize with our thanks. What we’re looking for ...

We’re looking for anything you think Grapevine readers might like - here are some examples:

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Tasty recipes

Gardening hints & tips Anecdotes from your work days

Travel ideas

Funny stories

Please contact Malcolm or Simon by letter or email:

Communications Team, Pensions Office, Concord Suite, Manchester Rd, Droylsden, Tameside, M43 6SF. malcolm.tyrer@gmpf.org.uk

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An amazing coincidence Thanks to Molly Jenkins from Liverpool for writing in with her heartwarming story... oking nd I was lo out a w o id w nd out ab red elderly I am a reti when I fou , rk tion. o w ty hari e organisa ri u C e ri for some c a inally M run by the pend time with term g a scheme to s somethin olunteers es. “ That’s m o They get v h d if n w o their t wondere ill people in ought to myself, bu ld. Not at all I th oo I could do” uld be considered to o w being 81 I up. with o I signed ere paired w e w it seems, s g in ain ga in depth tr ours visitin After some pent many happy h the hospice dIs nd in clients, an er home, a h in th o b , I noticed lovely lady hilst at the hospice I got .W visitors, so she visited who never had any a h ve dy lly lovely to e a re s t’ “I another la . ll her as we must hav chatting to said… “My husband ding he r 59th wed t u o n e e b a visitor.” s e all abou would hav en told me th sent you, it e had h S ”. y a sixties. He ry tod is a h rs e in iv d n ie n a Well ad d re station. nd, who h fi a y b s rb u a h e r n e h ad ta fireman a husband h a y s M a ! e d c e n rk e wo cid ext azing coin e station n c m li a o p n a e t th a wh r! an at each othe a policem worked as turns out they knew it door – and

According to the Marie Curie website, they have all kinds of volunteering opportunities. As well as helpers like Molly, they are looking for people who can help with fundraising, work in the offices, and so on. To find out more about volunteering, you can call them on 0845 305 2191.

MOVING HOUSE?

You must let us know if you’re moving house, or if this newsletter didn’t come to the right address. You can do this by phone, email, post or in person at our offices. Please note: if we get undelivered mail sent back to us, we will assume you are ‘no longer around’ and will stop your pension! 26 Pensions Grapevine 2015

Reader’s story


New bank account? Please make sure you tell us if you want your pension paying into a different bank account as your bank or building society won’t do!

Here’s how...

Go to www.gmpf.org.uk, click on the bank change form link, fill it in, and then post it to us,

 Send us a signed letter,  Or call into our offices in person.

To allow enough time to make change, please let us have the new details three weeks before your next payday. If you don’t tell us in time, we may try and make a payment to your old bank account which has already been closed. If this happens, your old bank will return the payment to us, and we will forward it to your new account.

If you live abroad you will need a different bank change form please go to the Retiring Abroad page on our website and select your country from the list to download the correct form.

Going back to work? If you get another job with any employer who offers membership of the LGPS then you must tell us - whether or not you join the Scheme again. In some cases, working for this type of employer will affect your pension.

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Can we help you? Here are the ways you can find out more or get in touch with us. If you do contact us, please quote your National Insurance number. Please let us know if you move house or if this didn’t come to the right address... Visit our website to find out more or to contact us by email:

www.gmpf.org.uk

Or call our friendly helpline on:

0161 301 7100

Or call in at our offices:

GMPF, Concord Suite, Manchester Rd, Droylsden, M43 6SF.

Pensions Grapevine April 2015  

Issue 20 of the Pensions Grapevine publication for retired GMPF members.

Pensions Grapevine April 2015  

Issue 20 of the Pensions Grapevine publication for retired GMPF members.