If you're a Pension Scheme Administrator (PSA), find out how to identify all the members of your contracted-out pension schemes.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) provide a number of services to help pension scheme administrators of contracted-out pension schemes.
Scheme Reconciliation Service (SRS)
The SRS allows pension scheme administrators to reconcile their membership and Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP) data against the records held by HMRC. Registration for this service is the first step in the process to support the ending of Contracting-out in April 2016.
- provides a list of contracted-out periods and GMP data for members who have left contracted-out employment including early leavers, pensioners, widows, widowers and surviving civil partners
- is available to all defined benefit schemes that have contracted-out rights preserved within the scheme
Schemes must send an expression of interest to use the SRS before 5 April 2016. If you do not register before this date you cannot use the service. HMRC will continue to offer support to deal with any queries up until December 2018.
You can’t use this service if you have ongoing work within the scheme cessation area.
The SRS activities and timelines are given in the table below.
|December 2013 to April 2016||Registration for SRS|
|April 2014 to April 2016||
SRS for non-active members
Scheme Contracted-out Number (SCON) mandation via Real Time Information (RTI) for active members
HMRCbusiness as usual
|April 2016||Tracking ends|
|December 2016||HMRC will close all active member records and provide Schemes with details of their active members|
|April 2016 to December 2018||
HMRC support for queries generated from SRS
HMRC support for business as usual queries
|December 2016 to December 2018||HMRC support to reconcile active members following active member lists being issued to schemes|
|December 2018||Pension statements issued to all individuals|
|December 2018 to April 2020||HMRC support for queries generated by statements to individuals|
|April 2016 to April 2046||GMP Checker (limited HMRC Support)|
Scheme reconciliation information
You can also request contributions and earnings information to carry out GMP reconciliation, but HMRC will manage them via your Shared Workspace e-room.
For information the:
- membership categories are determined by the members’ status at the date the data is produced
- early leavers are members who are under State Pension age when the data is produced
- pensioners are members who are over State Pension age when the data is produced
- widows, widowers and surviving civil partners provides information about deceased members who have a surviving spouse or civil partner when the data is produced - the data shows the member’s details not the spouse/surviving civil partner
- incomplete record category contains information where HMRC have identified the individual as being a member of the scheme but are unable to give details of the member’s contracted-out period or GMP amount
- contracted-out employment periods include any transfers in to scheme membership
GMP amount for:
- early leavers is the amount when the member left the scheme
- pensioners is the amount when the member reaches State Pension age
- widows, widowers and surviving civil partners is the amount at the member’s death - unless the member was over State Pension age at the date of death and their spouse was under State Pension age in which case any post 1988 GMP will be half the GMP at the member’s State Pension age
- revaluation rate for:
- periods which include transfers, the revaluation rate provided is the revaluation rate shown against the final contracted-out period
- pensioner members who worked up to their Final Relevant Year (FRY) the revaluation rate shown will be S148
Reconciliation of active members – closure scan
A scan of HMRC records is due to run in December 2016.
This scan will automatically close open periods of contracted-out employment held on HMRC records, using the Scheme Contracted-out Number (SCON) provided by Employers on their Full Payment Submissions (FPS). Details of all the active members identified by the scan will be shared with you to enable you to reconcile your records.
To request the data and to help HMRC plan the support needed please complete the following closure scan request form and return it as soon as possible.
Complete Part 1 of the form where you are the administrator/third party administrator and already have Trustees approval to receive the data.
Complete Part 2 of the form where you are not the Administrator or there is a change of Administrator and don’t have Trustees approval to receive the data.
The completed form should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
HMRC will use Shared Workspace to provide your closure scan data. If you have already registered to receive Scheme Reconciliation Service (SRS) output and have completed the above form, the closure scan output will be placed in your current SRS e-room between January and March 2017.
If you don’t currently have access to Shared Workspace, will need to register.To register, go to www.gov.uk/topic/dealing-with-hmrc/shared-workspace
The closure scan output will be similar to the SRS output but will show Type 6 and Type 7 as the member types (unlike SRS where the member types are 1 to 5).
Type 6 is where HMRC has closed the open membership entry using the SCON provided on the FPS. The output will show:
- Member Type
- NI NO
- Start/ End date
- Total GMP
- Post 88 GMP
- Revaluation Rate
- Terminating ECON
Type 7 is where we have the SCON recorded but have been unable to close the open membership entry The output will show:
- Member Type
- NI NO
Type 7 outputs should be used to reconcile membership of your scheme. Where you disagree with HMRC records, please raise a “not in scheme” query as soon as possible after receiving your data as HMRC will use the SCON provided by the employer, to close the membership in your scheme.
HMRC have released a series of Countdown Bulletins providing more information on the ending of contracting-out.
To use any of the services HMRC offers or if you want any more information contact the Pension schemes helpline.