Age 55 is the current minimum age the Government allow people to access a pension. This will increase to age 57 from April 2028.
When you are ready to take your pension, let us know the date you wish to take it. We will send you a summary of your choices and the forms you need to complete.
Paying you a pension for life
We will pay this to you on the 25th of every month (or the working day before this), for your lifetime. Your pension is taxed as income through PAYE. We deal with this tax for you, but we rely on HMRC to tell us your correct tax code. This could mean your pension is taxed incorrectly for the first few months.
If you take your pension before your Normal Pension Age (NPA) we reduce it as we are likely to pay it for longer. Your NPA was 60 until July 2008 when it increased to 65. The earlier you take your pension, the less it will be.
If you're thinking of taking your pension early, speak to us first. We can send you early retirement figures so you can see what your pension is likely to be.
If you are no longer an active member and you take your pension after your NPA we will increase, it as we might pay it for a shorter period.
If you are still an active member, you continue to earn pension as you usually do, so we don't increase it for later payment.
Tax-free cash option
Your pension is split into two parts.
1. Your final salary pension (until July 2010) - this comes with an automatic tax-free lump sum.
2. Your Career Average Related Earnings pension (from July 2010) - you can give up part of this pension for a tax-free cash sum. If you go for this, we will reduce your pension. Think carefully whether this is the right choice for you.
Pension for a spouse or civil partner
In most circumstances, your pension comes with a 50% spouse or civil partner's pension when you die.
If your pension doesn't come with a spouse or civil partner's, you can give up part of your pension to provide this. You need to make this choice at retirement, you cannot change your mind later.
Taking your pension and continuing to work
You can take your pension and keep working. Your pension is added to your overall taxable income for the tax year, so check which tax band this will put you in.
If you are still working for the NCIs, you can take your CAPF DB pension and join our defined contribution pension, and earn extra pension in this until you retire.
While you are part of CAPF DB, you paid 1.5% of your salary each month to provide a pension to your spouse or civil partner when you die. If you are unmarried at the time you retire, we'll refund all or part of this back to you plus interest. This is paid to you as a lump sum.
Ill health retirement
If your health is impacting your ability to work, you can apply for an ill-health pension.
It can take time to approve ill-health pensions, often up to 6 months. Some cases are straightforward, but some are complex, and we might need independent medical advice. We will keep you informed as much as we can throughout the process.
Transferring your pension
Most people are happy to stick with the choices we offer. Taking your pension from us can often be the best option, but transferring your pension can give you more freedom and flexibility over how you take your money.
How does a transfer work?
A pension transfer means giving up your pension in return for a sum of money, which is called a ‘transfer value’. Your transfer value could be a large amount of money which you could transfer to another registered pension scheme to then take as cash or invest. While it is invested it could go up in value, but there is a risk it could go down in value too.
Once you transfer your pension, there are lots of different ways you can use your money.
Your pension comes with guarantees. Transferring this away from us is a difficult decision, and usually requires you to take professional advice.
Choosing which option is best for you can be a challenge.
Read more about your retirement options
A financial adviser can recommend the best option for you and your circumstances.