Pensions

These pages give information about the pension schemes operated by the Pensions Board.

There are 3 pension arrangements. Please follow the links for further information:

Clergy Pensions
For clergy and others in stipendiary ministry.

The Church Workers Pension Fund (CWPF)
For lay employees of Church of England organisations.

The Church Administrators Pension Fund (CAPF)
For staff of the National Church Institutions and episcopal staff.

The Pensions Department is responsible for the administration of these schemes.  Please click here for contact details.


Employer Information

Information for Church employers
who participate in our pension
arrangements, or who are interested
in joining.

Automatic Enrolment

Information for Church employers on their automatic enrolment obligations, and how Pension Builder 2014 can help.

Retirement Freedom and Choice

Information on the new ways you can use your retirement savings, and that these changes mean to you and your benefits.

Pension Wise

Information on the free and impartial guidance service for defined contribution members as they approach retirement.


For information on Church of England retirement housing please visit our Housing page.


Updates from the Pensions Department

Changes to your tax free allowance on pension contributions - August 2015

The amount of tax free savings you can make each year in a pension scheme is known as Annual Allowance, and the Chancellor changed how this works in his Autumn Budget.

We will be writing to all our members shortly to explain this. You can also find out more on our pension tax allowances page.


Potential change to how pensions are taxed - August 2015

The Government has also published a Green Paper seeking views on whether a fundamental reform of pensions tax is needed.

You can find a copy of the Green Paper here:

We will keep you informed of any changes that affect you.


Automatic Enrolment FAQs
- July 2015

We have put together a Frequently Asked Questions leaflet to help you with automatic enrolment. You can find this, and much more information on our automatic enrolment page.


Equitable Life Compensation Scheme
- July 2015

The Government has announced that the Equitable Life Payments Scheme, which began making payments in 2011, will close to new claims on 31 December 2015.

To find out how to claim before the end of 2015 please see our Equitable Life Compensation Scheme page.


State Pension guidance
- July 2015

State Pensions are changing. You can find out more about how these changes may affect you at our State Pension page.


Keep your pension safe!
- April 2015

Pensions are becoming an increasingly attractive target for fraudsters and other criminals because of the new pension freedoms. Please be careful with cold calls, texts or letters from people or organisations making claims that they can help you access your pension.

If you are in any doubt about your options or the advice you have been given, you should talk to The Pensions Regulator or a regulated Independent Financial Adviser.

You can find out more about keeping your pension safe at the Pensions Regulator's website:
www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/individuals/dangers-of-pension-scams.aspx


Pension Builder 2014 video
- January 2015

We have made a video to raise awareness of Pension Builder 2014 and how it can help Church organisations meet their automatic enrolment requirements. You can view the video here - Pension Builder 2014 video

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