Some of this information doesn’t apply to you if you’re a deferred NGEG member who was formerly a member of the Gas Scheme. Please note where information on this website is relevant to you and click here for information about your specific benefits.

If you become too ill to work, you may be able to have your deferred pension brought into payment early on the grounds of ill health.

This will be subject to you having the five years’ service requirement and the Group’s Medical Adviser confirming that, in their opinion, you meet the criteria to receive an ill-health pension, as set out in the Rules.

In the first instance, you should contact Railpen, who will arrange for you to complete the necessary medical consent forms, so the Group’s Medical Adviser can obtain reports from the doctors or consultant treating you.

If your claim is successful, your unreduced deferred pension will be put into payment with effect from the date you applied for an ill-health pension. If your claim is unsuccessful, you have the right to appeal under the Internal Disputes Resolution Procedure.

Different benefits apply to deferred NGEG members who were former Gas Scheme members. Please click here for more information.

If you were to die before payment of your pension starts, a lump sum is payable.

This would be equivalent to five times your annual pension, plus the lump sum that would have been payable if you had started to receive your deferred pension on ill-health grounds on the day that you died.

All members who joined the Group on or after 1 September 1986 have the lump sum held under discretionary trusts for distribution by the Group Trustee to their spouse, civil partner, children, relatives or other nominated beneficiaries.

Any member who joined before that date must sign a Notice of Direction that these discretionary trusts should apply, or the money will be paid to the member's estate. Lump sums paid under discretionary trusts are not counted as part of your estate for inheritance tax or probate purposes so can be paid quickly and tax effectively.

In order to assist the Group Trustee, you are encouraged to complete an expression of wish form (available in the library below). In the event of your death, the Group Trustee will normally distribute the lump sum in accordance with your wishes. However, the Group Trustee is not legally bound to pay the lump sum to a nominated beneficiary and will take account of your circumstances at the time. It is important, therefore, that you keep your expression of wish up to date.

Dependants and children 

Your dependant will receive a pension of up to two-thirds of the pension you are receiving. The dependant’s pension is payable from the day after your death and is paid throughout the dependant's life.

The child's pension is one quarter of the dependant's pension for each child for up to four children, or if you leave more than four children the dependant's pension will be divided between the number of eligible children. If you joined the Scheme before 1 April 1992, there is a minimum child's pension payable of £1,452.60 per annum (from 1 April 2009).

Children's pensions are only payable to children born before you left service and are subject to reduction if other children’s benefits are payable as a result of your membership of a subsequent pension scheme or arrangement.

If you get divorced, your solicitor will need to take account of any pension benefits you and your spouse may have when arranging your divorce settlement.

This applies if you are a contributing member, a deferred member or are in receipt of your pension. It is essential that you or your solicitor contact Railpen for information on the value of your pension before finalising the division of your assets.

If you would like more information, please visit the MoneyHelper website here (you will be directed to an external site).

If you paid AVCs while you were employed by the Company

While you were a contributing member of the Group, you might have paid extra pension contributions known as Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs). Your AVCs will provide you with additional benefits at retirement.

AVCs are used to:

  • buy added years of contributing service
  • pay contributions to money purchase arrangements.

Your contributions are invested in your chosen fund(s) and at retirement, the value of the fund is used to either enhance your lump sum payable from the Group (within the permitted limit) or can be used to 'buy' extra pension by way of an annuity, which you can purchase from the AVC provider or from an alternative insurance company.

Reviewing your AVCs

Even though you are no longer a contributing member, it's still important that you regularly review any Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs) that you have with the Group and where they’re invested to check whether this is still right for you. You will be issued a Statutory Money Purchase AVC benefits statement from your AVC provider each year which provides the current and projected value of your fund at Normal Retirement Age. The value of your AVCs is not guaranteed and will rise and fall in line with the price of the investment funds used for your investment choice.

If you have any Money Purchase AVCs, you can change your investment funds at any time. Please click here for information on the funds available via your AVC provider.

If you are invested with Legal & General, there’s an investment guide and online portal where you can manage your account.

If you’re invested with one of the other Group Money Purchase AVC providers (Aviva, Prudential or Utmost), please contact Railpen if you wish to make any changes to your current investments.

You may wish to review your fund choices / target retirement age from time-to-time.


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