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Contributing members annual statements 2021 FAQs

Your contributing member annual benefit statement will be available to view in your My Pension account by 31 August 2021. If you have registered for My Pension, you will receive an email from us letting you know it has been uploaded to your account. If you have elected for paper communications, you will also receive a copy of your statement through the post.

Your annual benefit statement contains:

  • the current value of your pension as of 31 March 2021
  • the projected value of your pension at your normal pension age
  • information about your normal pension age
  • details about your maximum lump sum package
  • your death in service benefits as of 31 March 2021
  • information about tax limits
  • confirmation of how your benefits are worked out.

We are holding online presentations to explain your 2021 annual statement in detail and provide an overview on how pensions work. The session will also cover a wide range of other topics from life cover to paying more to increase your pension. There will also be the chance to ask questions at each session. You can book your place through our Book on to an event page.

We would love to hear what you think about your annual benefit statement, so we know what you like and what we can improve on. If you have a few minutes, we would be grateful if you could complete our survey.

How do I view my annual benefit statement online?

You need to log into your My Pension account. You can do this through the link in the member menu on the website. If you have any problems logging in or registering please visit our My Pension support page or contact us.

Once you have logged in, you need to go to the My Documents tile and select Annual Benefit Statements. You will then be able to see your statement for 2021 as well as those issued in previous years.

My Documents tile with the options of Annual benefits statements, Letters from GMPF and Document Upload.

How are the figures in my statement calculated?

What should I do if I think the pay on my statement is incorrect?

Your pay figure is provided to us by your employer. If you think it might be wrong, please contact your employer.

If you were on furlough in 2020/21 and your 2021 final salary pay figure is lower than the previous year this could be due to your employer not making up the difference in pay to 100 per cent. When you leave or retire your employer will always look at the best of the last three years pay to calculate final salary benefits. Please speak to your employer if you have questions about furlough and how it affects your pension. 

How does time off affect my pension?

With some types of absence, such as maternity leave or sick leave, if you have been on reduced or no pay, the pay we use to work out your benefits is the pay you would have received had you been in work (which we call assumed pay). You can read more about how absences affect your pension on our website.

If you have been furloughed and continued to pay pension contributions you will have built up pension on the actual pay you received. Assumed pay is not used if you received less pay. Please speak to your employer if you have questions about furlough and how it affects your pension.

Does being part time make a difference?

No matter what hours you work, or if your hours change over the year, the pension you build up is calculated on the actual pay you have earned during the year. You can read more about how working part time affects your pension on our website.

Can I choose to access my benefits before my normal pension age?

Yes, but you will need to leave your employment to do so (unless your employer agrees to you taking flexible retirement) and you must be age 55 or older. If you choose to access your benefits before your normal pension age then early retirement reductions will apply as we will be paying your pension for longer than expected. The date you reach normal pension age is shown on your statement. The current value of your pension stated does not include any reductions that may apply.

You can read more about when and how you can retire from employment and the retirement process on our website as well as the early retirement factors that would apply.

Can I choose to access only part of my pension when I retire?

No, not unless you take flexible retirement. Otherwise, you must take all your benefits at once. 

Your employer may allow you to take flexible retirement, where you can access some of your pension benefits, and continue working in a reduced capacity while continuing to contribute to your pension. Please visit our page on when and how you can retire for more information and speak to your employer if you are considering a request for flexible retirement.

What should I do if I am thinking about retiring in the near future?

You can use the Pension calculator in My Pension to get an estimate of your pension benefits using different retirement date and conversion options. These figures are for illustrative purposes only. If you are thinking of retiring soon, you should speak to your employer who can give you a more accurate estimate and more information about what steps you need to take. We strongly suggest you check with your employer to find out how much notice they require.

For more information on when and how you can retire from employment and the retirement process please visit the pages on our website.

How will I know if I exceed the annual allowance?

If you exceed the annual allowance in any one tax year we will write to you to inform you and send you a pension saving statement later in the year.

To find out more about annual allowance and other tax limits please visit our website page The current pension tax limits.

Will you also send me a paper copy?

We won't send you a paper copy unless you have already asked us to do so. If you want to receive future communications by post, then you must write to us at the address below to let us know:

Guardsman Tony Downes House

5 Manchester Road

Droylsden

M43 6SF

If you need a paper copy of your most recent annual statement, please ask us for one when you write to us.

If you need a one off paper copy of this years’ annual benefits statement please contact us and we will post you a paper statement.

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