Group Pension Policy

A group personal pension plan (GPP) is a collection of personal pension plans (PPPs) provided by an employer for its employees.

It is essentially an investment policy that provides an income in retirement. It is available to any UK resident who is under 75 years of age and can be bought from insurance companies, high street banks, investment organisations and some retailers (i.e. supermarkets and high street shops).

The policyholder contributes to the plan, the money is invested and a fund is built up. The amount of pension payable when the policyholder retires is dependent upon:

  • the amount of money paid into the scheme;
  • how well the investment funds perform; and
  • the 'annuity rate' at the date of retirement. An annuity rate is the factor used to convert the 'pot of money' into a pension.

The policyholder can retire at any age after age 55 (subject to plan restrictions). When the policyholder does retire, they can generally take up to 25% of the value of their fund as a tax-free lump sum. The remainder of the fund can be used to buy an annuity with an insurance company.

What distinguishes a GPP from an individual personal pension plan (PPP) is that the charges levied by the provider under the GPP may be lower than under the equivalent PPP. The provider, because they are dealing with bulk business, may be able to offer a reduction in their normal charges.

 

Setting up a Group Personal Pension on BrightPay

 

To access this utility, click Pensions:

1) Click Add New Scheme followed by Group Personal Pension (GPP)

2) Enter the name of the policy and the reference number provided by the pension company

3) Default Contributions - this is optional. Complete this section if you would like to apply default contributions to an employee who is added to this pension scheme. They can subsequently be changed for each employee as required

4) Tax Relief - if applicable, tick this box to reduce contributions by the basic rate of tax

5) If applicable, set a range of earnings on which to calculate percentage-based deductions for the scheme

6) Within the Contact and Payment section, enter the contact details of the pension provider

7) Select the method of payment for remitting the pension contributions to the pension provider. If the method of payment is credit transfer, enter the pension provider's bank account details accordingly. 

8) Click Save


Applying the Pension Scheme to an Employee


To apply the pension to an employee, click Payroll and select the employee:

TO ENTER A PENSION DEDUCTION BY AMOUNT:

1) Under Additions & Deductions click the Add icon

2) Under Deduction, select the GPP pension scheme

3) Select the £ sign from the drop down menu and enter the Employee Contribution

4) Select the £ sign from the drop down menu and enter the Employer Contribution, if applicable


TO ENTER A PERCENTAGE-BASED PENSION:


1) Under Additions & Deductions click the Add icon

2) Under Deduction, select the GPP pension scheme

3) Select the % sign from the drop down menu and enter the Employee Contribution percentage amount

4) Select the % sign from the drop down menu and enter the Employer Contribution percentage amount, if applicable

Need help? Support is available at 0845 300 4304 or support@brightpay.co.uk.

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