Difference in wording between my FOI request your Ref: VTR 2019 DATE: 16 May 2013 and GMP fact Sheet 12 August 2021

The request was refused by Department for Work and Pensions.

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Can you please tell me why you mentioned in my FOI dated 16 May 2013 that the Department of Work and pensions was not responsible for paying increases on contracted out scheme pensions where on the GMP fact sheet issued 12 August 2021 it mentions the the New State Pension ended Government paying living cost increases on your GMP.

Following from GMP fact sheet dated 12 August 2021.

"the New State Pension ended government paying living cost increases on your GMP
Each year pension schemes have to increase the amount of GMP built up from April 1988 to April 1997 in line with living costs, this is capped at 3%. This is called ‘indexation’.

Pension schemes did not have to provide indexation to GMPs built up between April 1978 and April 1988.

To stop people with GMPs losing out they could be paid increases to cover living costs through the Additional State Pension. It only applied to people reaching State Pension age before 6 April 2016.

In my FOI of dated 16 May 2013 you mentioned the following.

"We are unable to send you any legislation stating that DWP is no longer responsible for
increases on contracted out schemes pensions because as mentioned above DWP has never
been responsible for paying those increases. "

As the GMP fact sheet now confirms the DWP were responsible for paying GMP indexation
"New State Pension ended government paying living cost increases on your GMP"

can you please send me a copy of the legislation that mentioned the ending of GMP indexation and any information where you mentioned it to parliament before it became law.

Yours faithfully,

C. Thompson

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Dear C Thompson,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 9th
September.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and Pensions handling of my FOI request 'Difference in wording between my FOI request your Ref: VTR 2019 DATE: 16 May 2013 and GMP fact Sheet 12 August 2021'.

Regarding your reply and the following paragraphs from it can you please send me a copy of the relevant paragraphs in legislation as I can't find them that mentioned that because contracting out for future service was ceasing as at 6 April 2016 the notional additional state pension as at April 1997 when GMPs ceased accruing that it would not be carried forward into the New State pension especially as there are millions of people reaching state pension age on and after 6 April 2016 who have a pension greater than the starting amount of New State Pension because they were not contracted out of additional state pensions which I believe are called protected pensions if greater than the new State pension which continue to receive indexation for people who reached state pension age on and after 6 April 2016 so I can't understand why you mentioned

" The new State Pension does not bring forward the additional State Pension"

when it is obvious that it did because people have protected payments above the starting amount of New State Pension because they were contracted in for all or part of their working life so had additional state pension carried forward into the New State Pension.

Part of your request did ask for information:

“can you please send me a copy of the legislation that mentioned the ending of GMP
indexation and any information where you mentioned it to parliament before it became law.”

We can confirm that the Department holds this information. However, the information is
exempt under Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act because the information is
reasonably accessible to you, as it is already in the public domain.

However, to be helpful you can find the information you seek in the link below

Section 1 of Pensions Act 2014 creates a state pension that only people who reach State
Pension from 6 April 2016 can become entitled. Further sections describe the entitlement
conditions of this new State Pension and transitional arrangements. The new State Pension
does not bring forward the additional State Pension and, by extension, does not bring forward
that arrangements whereby, under certain circumstances, the additional State Pension can
have the effect of uprating GMPs.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/d...

Yours faithfully,

C. Thompson

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Dear C Thompson,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 14th
October.

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