State Second Pension Explained
State pensions have over time become more and more complicated. This analysis explains the 'nuts and bolts' of the State Second Pension.
In April 2016, the Basic State Pension was replaced by the new State Pension.
Since that date it is not possible to contract out of the State Second Pension (S2P) using a final salary scheme.
Contracting out using a money purchase or appropriate personal pension/stakeholder plan stopped on 5 April 2012.
This article explains how S2P worked until the new State Pension was introduced. It has not been updated since the 2015/16 tax year.
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