Changes to pension benefits for Gurkhas on Armed Forces Pension Scheme 75

1.All Service Personnel, who are members of AFPS 75, including Gurkhas aged below 45 on 1 April 2012, will be transferred to the new Armed Forces Pension Scheme 2015 (AFPS 15) on 1 April 2015 and will cease to be members of AFPS 75. Personnel aged 45 or over on 1 April 2012 have Transitional Protection and will remain members of AFPS 75.  Personnel transferring to AFPS 15 will retain their entitlement to benefits accrued in AFPS 75.

2. Serving Gurkhas who accepted the GOTT in 2007 from the GPS are members of AFPS 75. Service that has been transferred from GPS counts for pension benefits in AFPS 75 (service before July 1997 includes an adjustment to reflect the different benefit structures of the two schemes). The AFPS 75 rules should have included some additional provisions to explain how to calculate an immediate pension for a Gurkha member whose qualifying service was above the immediate pension point, but whose reckonable service was either above or below the immediate pension point. The scheme rules will be amended with effect from 1 April 2015 to ensure that pensions are paid correctly.

3. Members who leave before 1 April 2015 with an immediate pension will be written to individually.

4. On 1 Apr 15 a number of important legislative changes are being made to the AFPS 75 and Attributable Benefits Scheme. The AFPS 75 scheme rules have been amended in line with the conditions stated in the GOTT. The amendments will come into effect on 1 Apr 15 and accrued rights earned under AFPS 75 will be protected up to that date.

For further information please see this official letter from HQBG.