Feb 05, 2018 14:40 GMT
Following BT’s consultation on the defined benefit BT Pension Scheme (BTPS) and the defined contribution BT Retirement Saving Scheme (BTRSS), which finished on 17 January, a number of changes have been confirmed.
BT has reached an agreement with Prospect for c.22,500 managers.BT will close the defined benefit BTPS to managers for the future build-up of benefits on 31 May 2018.From that date, pension contributions for those affected will go into new individual, defined contribution, BTRSS accounts.All benefits accrued in the BTPS for service prior to 1 June 2018 are protected.
With regard to team members (employees other than managers), BT is still reviewing feedback and will continue to discuss this with the CWU before making a final decision.
BT is intending to implement the changes on 1 June 2018. The Trustee of the BTPS is responsible for administering the Scheme so BT will work closely with the Trustee to try and ensure that the necessary changes can be made by this date.BT has also reached agreement with Prospect for managers currently in the BTRSS, from 1 June BT’s on-going standard contribution rates will increase to up to a maximum of ten per cent of pensionable salary.BT has also made changes to the death in service benefits and will formalise medical retirement benefits.
Alison Wilcox, BT Group HR Director, said:
“We are working hard to ensure fair, flexible and affordable provision for members of our pension schemes.I am pleased that we’ve been able to reach an agreement with Prospect that achieves this, and we look forward to continuing our dialogue with the CWU.”
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