FTSE 100 companies' pension policy
FTSE 100 companies vary in the way they protect their pensioners against inflation. The law says pensions earned from contributions made after 1997 must be increased in line with the Retail Price Index up to a maximum of 5%, or 2.5% after April 2005. But for pensions earned from contributions made before 1997, inflation linking depends on the policy of the individual company. Some FTSE 100 companies do more than others.
Until 2003, Reuters Pension Fund (RPF) increased UK pensions earned before 1997 in line with the Retail Price Index. Not only did it increase pensions but it also said on many occasions that it intended to continue increasing them in the future.

For example, when the law was changed in 1997 and the Fund's rules were modified in line with the new obligations, an RPF newsletter said: "The Managing Committee, with the approval of the Actuary, increased the reserve provided in the actuarial valuation for the provision of discretionary increases on all pensions from 4% per annum to 5% per annum."

In the same newsletter, the Actuary's report said the assumptions for the 1995 valuation were slightly more realistic but remained "very prudent". It added: "In particular, the actuarial assumptions reflect the Managing Committee's aim to maintain future increases to pensions in line with price inflation."

However, for those who retired before 1997, no increases to keep up with inflation were made in 2003 (except for those aged over 75) 2004 and 2005. Increases in line with inflation were resumed in 2006, with 2.7%, 3.7% and 3.9% paid in 2006, 2007 and 2008 respectively. No increase was paid in 2009.

By contrast, pensions earned from contributions made after 1997 have been increased in line with inflation every year. All members of the Reuters Pension Fund made the same level of contributions throughout their working life. Yet since 2003 Reuters Pension Fund has provided different levels of benefit according to when a member of staff retired.

The policies of a selection of other FTSE 100 companies, past and present, can be compared below. Details were supplied in 2005 unless otherwise stated.

Of 100 companies contacted, eight have no final salary pension schemes.

Of the remaining 92,
  • 68 pay increases on pensions earned from contributions made before 1997 (in most cases there is no difference in practice between post and pre-1997 contributions);
  • a further 23 fund their pension schemes on the basis that pensions are increased in line with inflation, according to their annual reports; of these, six declined to supply further details, while 17 have not responded to queries and are not yet included in the list below;
  • one (Reuters) used to pay increases but suspended this policy for 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2009.
Company
Contributions 1997-2006
Pre-1997 contributions
Abbey
Guaranteed Limited Price Indexation (LPI - the lesser of RPI or 5%) increases are applied to all pensions in excess of the Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP)
Source: Company press office
Guaranteed Limited Price Indexation (LPI - the lesser of RPI or 5%) increases are applied to all pensions in excess of the Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP)
Source: Company press office
Alliance & Leicester
Increased in line with inflation up to a maximum of 5%. Some members have retained rights to higher increases.
Source: Company press office
Increased in line with inflation up to a maximum of 5%. Some members have retained rights to higher increases.
Source: Company press office
Alliance Unichem
Fixed 5% per annum until 2002; then Limited Price Indexation capped at 5%.
Source: Company press office
Increases on the basis of a fixed 5% per annum.
Source: Company press office
AMVESCAP
First tier members – RPI up to 5%.
Second tier members (the majority in the scheme) RPI up to 3%.
Source: Company secretary
First tier members – RPI up to 5%.
Second tier members (the majority in the scheme) RPI up to 3%.
Source: Company secretary
Antofagasta
No UK pension funds.
Source: Company press office
No UK pension funds.
Source: Company press office
Associated British Foods
Increases are in line with increases to the RPI subject to a maximum increase of 5% pa.
Source: Company pensions manager
Increases are in line with increases to the RPI subject to a maximum increase of 5% pa.
Source: Company pensions manager
AstraZeneca
Pensions are increased on Nov 1 in line with the RPI for the 12 months to the previous July. No details given on maximum increase. The increase was 2.9% for 2005 and 3.0% for 2004.
Source: Company press office
Pensions are increased on Nov 1 in line with the RPI for the 12 months to the previous July. No details given on maximum increase. The increase was 2.9% for 2005 and 3.0% for 2004.
Source: Company press office
Aviva
An annual increase in line with the RPI, up to a maximum of 10%.
Source: Company press office
An annual increase in line with the RPI, up to a maximum of 10%.
Source: Company press office
BAA
Post 1997 pension contributions are protected for inflation with the lesser of RPI and 5%.
Source: Company press office
For employees with the company prior to 1991, pensions are covered by full RPI increases. Post 1991 pension contributions are protected for inflation with the lesser of RPI and 5%. Owing to this the 1997 changes did not have an impact on BAA's pension scheme.
Source: Company press office
BAe Systems
Pension increases are in line with legislation i.e. there is an increase in line with RPI to a maximum of 5% in any one year. The exception within the BAe Group is the Royal Ordnance Pension Scheme where the increase is in line with RPI with no maximum.
Source: Company press office
BAe Schemes provide similar levels of increase for pre-1997 service as for post-1997 service. The significant exception is the Main Scheme where the increase is limited to 4% but there is a catch-up clause within the Rules that has the effect that if inflation having been above 4% then falls away, increases are maintained at 4% until the full change in the RPI has been paid to the relevant pensioners. Royal Ordnance provides RPI linked pension increases with no maximum.
Source: Company press office
Barclays
As required under legislation, all pensions are increased by Limited Price Indexation (LPI) which is the lesser of 5% or RPI.
Source: Company press office
Although not required under legislation, Barclays has increased all pensions by the lesser of 5% or RPI. In addition, where RPI has been greater than 5%, Barclays has exercised its discretion and increased pensions at RPI.
Source: Company press office
BG Group
Increases all pensions each year in line with inflation. There is no maximum, although a power exists to apply a maximum to increases on pensions accrued after a specified date in the future.
Source: Company press office
Increases all pensions each year in line with inflation. There is no maximum, although a power exists to apply a maximum to increases on pensions accrued after a specified date in the future.
Source: Company press office
BOC
An increase in line with RPI up to a maximum of 6% pa compound.
Source: Company press office
An increase in line with RPI up to a maximum of 6% pa compound.
Source: Company press office
BP
“Pensions payable from the Scheme are reviewed in May each year and are guaranteed to increase in line with the cost of living, as measured by the rise in the Retail Prices Index (RPI) each December, up to a maximum of 5% a year.”
Source: BP website
“Pensions payable from the Scheme are reviewed in May each year and are guaranteed to increase in line with the cost of living, as measured by the rise in the Retail Prices Index (RPI) each December, up to a maximum of 5% a year.”
Source: BP website
BPB
Declined to supply details.
Source: Company pension office
Actuarial assumptions for UK pension increases were 2.25% for 2003, 2.75% for 2004 and 2.8% for 2005. The same assumptions were made for inflation. These figures show that funding is on the basis that increases for all UK pensions match inflation.
Source: Annual Report 2005 page 54
British Airways
For Airways Pension Scheme (APS) the increase is effectively RPI with no cap. For New Airways Pension Scheme (NAPS) the increase is RPI but limited to 5% in any one year.
Source: Company press office
For Airways Pension Scheme (APS) the increase is effectively RPI with no cap. For New Airways Pension Scheme (NAPS) the increase is RPI but limited to 5% in any one year.
Source: Company press office
British American Tobacco
Under the rules of the British American Tobacco UK Pension Fund, pensions in payment increase each year by the lower of 6% and the percentage increase in the retail prices index.
Source: Company press office
Under the rules of the British American Tobacco UK Pension Fund, pensions in payment increase each year by the lower of 6% and the percentage increase in the retail prices index.
Source: Company press office
British Land
Declined to supply details.
Source: Company PR agent
Financial assumptions reported under FRS17 accounting requirements include pension increases of 2.5% for 2003, 2.9% for 2004 and 2.9% for 2005. The corresponding figures assumed for inflation are 2.6%, 2.9% and 2.9%. The annual report also said that employer’s contributions will be paid in the future at the rate recommended by the actuary (Hewitts) of 38.5% pa of basic salaries.
Source: Annual report 2005 page 89
BSkyB
No final salary scheme
Source: Company investor relations office
No final salary scheme
Source: Company investor relations office
BT
For members who joined the pension fund after 31 March 1986, pensions are increased by 5% pa or the increase in the RPI, if lower. For other members the increase is the same as the annual increase in the RPI.
Source: Company press office
For members who joined the pension fund after 31 March 1986, pensions are increased by 5% pa or the increase in the RPI, if lower. For other members the increase is the same as the annual increase in the RPI.
Source: Company press office
Cable and Wireless
5% LPI guarantee. Any increase above 5% is at the joint discretion of the company and trustee.
Source: Company press office
5% LPI guarantee. Any increase above 5% is at the joint discretion of the company and trustee.
Source: Company press office
Cadbury Schweppes
Pension increases are based on Limited Price Indexation (LPI) - inflation up to a ceiling of 5%. Discretionary increases may be awarded if inflation is over 5%.
Source: Company press office
Pension increases are based on Limited Price Indexation (LPI) - inflation up to a ceiling of 5%. Discretionary increases may be awarded if inflation is over 5%.
Source: Company press office
Capita Group
The Capita Pension & Life Assurance Scheme increases pensions by the Retail Prices Index, to a maximum of 5% per annum. The Eastgate Assistance Retirement Benefit Scheme pensions increase in line with the Retail Prices Index, to a maximum of 5% but a minimum of 3%.
Source: Company press office
The Capita Pension & Life Assurance Scheme increases pensions by the Retail Prices Index, to a maximum of 5% per annum. The Eastgate Assistance Retirement Benefit Scheme pensions increase in line with the Retail Prices Index, to a maximum of 5% but a minimum of 3%.
Source: Company press office
Carnival
Pensions are increased by 5% or if less the percentage increase in the Retail Prices Index.
Source: Assistant company secretary
Pensions are increased by 3%, or if less the percentage increase in the Retail Prices Index. The Trustee may after consulting the Actuary decide on a larger increase up to 5% if the rise in the Retail Prices Index is greater than 3%.
Source: Assistant company secretary
Centrica
Increases all pensions in payment each year in line with inflation. There is no maximum, although a power exists to apply a maximum to increases on pensions accrued after a specified date in the future.
Source: Company press office
Increases all pensions in payment each year in line with inflation. There is no maximum, although a power exists to apply a maximum to increases on pensions accrued after a specified date in the future.
Source: Company press office
Compass
In the main for the 'traditional' Compass members there is a minimum guaranteed increase of 3% pa. If RPI is greater, members receive RPI up to a maximum of 5% pa. For those who transferred from Granada, there is no minimum increase.
Source: Company press office
In the main for the 'traditional' Compass members there is a minimum guaranteed increase of 3% pa. If RPI is greater, members receive RPI up to a maximum of 5% pa. For those who transferred from Granada, there is no minimum increase, and for some the pre-97 accrual has a maximum of 3%.
Source: Company press office
Corus
British Steel fund paid 3.2% increase in 2005. Appears not to distinguish pre-1997 service from post-1997.
Source: Pension fund member
British Steel fund paid 3.2% increase in 2005. Appears not to distinguish pre-1997 service from post-1997.
Source: Pension fund member
Diageo
Pensions in payment are guaranteed to rise in line with RPI up to 5% pa. If inflation is higher than 5%, it is Diageo's intention to increase pensions fully in line with the RPI, subject to the satisfactory financial position of the Scheme.
Source: Company press office
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Pensions in payment are guaranteed to rise in line with RPI up to 5% pa. If inflation is higher than 5%, it is Diageo's intention to increase pensions fully in line with the RPI, subject to the satisfactory financial position of the Scheme.
Source: Company press office
EMAP
Pensions rise broadly in line with inflation. Increases were 2.9% in 2003, 2.8% in 2004 and 3.5% in 2005.
Source: Benefits manager
Pensions rise broadly in line with inflation. Increases were 2.9% in 2003, 2.8% in 2004 and 3.5% in 2005.
Source: Benefits manager
Enterprise Inns
Does not operate a company pension scheme.
Source: Assistant Company Secretary
Does not operate a company pension scheme.
Source: Assistant Company Secretary
Exel
Pensions are increased in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI) up to a maximum of 5% per annum. Some pensions are increased fully in line with RPI. Discretionary increases have been awarded historically from surplus.
Source: Company press office
Pensions are increased in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI) up to a maximum of 5% per annum. Some pensions are increased fully in line with RPI. Discretionary increases have been awarded historically from surplus.
Source: Company press office
Friends Provident
Non-GMP pension is increased in line with RPI to a maximum of 5%. Employer and trustee have discretion to exceed this if appropriate (eg if RPI exceeds 5% and funding allows.)
Source: Company press office
Non-GMP pension is increased in line with RPI to a maximum of 5%. Employer and trustee have discretion to exceed this if appropriate (eg if RPI exceeds 5% and funding allows.)
Source: Company press office
Gallaher
We increase the whole pension by up to 5% prior to State Pension Age (SPA). After that, the government increases the pre-88 GMP at RPI, the Company gives increases on the post-88 GMP at up to 3%, with the government picking up the balance where inflation exceeds 3%, and the balance of the Company pension i.e. the excess above the GMP is increased by RPI up to 5% irrespective of whether service was pre or post 1997.
Source: Company press office
We increase the whole pension by up to 5% prior to State Pension Age (SPA). After that, the government increases the pre-88 GMP at RPI, the Company gives increases on the post-88 GMP at up to 3%, with the government picking up the balance where inflation exceeds 3%, and the balance of the Company pension i.e. the excess above the GMP is increased by RPI up to 5% irrespective of whether service was pre or post 1997.
Source: Company press office
Hanson
Increase by RPI with a maximum of 5%.
Source: Company press office
Increase by RPI with a maximum of 5%.
Source: Company press office
HBOS
Does not differentiate between service dates and applies increases in line with changes in the RPI capped at 5% on all service as a minimum for the company's schemes. This is required in the rules of some schemes and is applied at the discretion of trustees and the company in others.
Source: Company press office
Does not differentiate between service dates and applies increases in line with changes in the RPI capped at 5% on all service as a minimum for the company's schemes. This is required in the rules of some schemes and is applied at the discretion of trustees and the company in others.
Source: Company press office
ICI
For the ICI UK Pension Fund there is a pensions increase guarantee of the Retail Prices Index (RPI) up to a maximum of 5%. The Trustee may also grant discretionary increases above the guarantee. The annual RPI for July each year is used and the increase applied to pensions in November each year.
Source: Company press office
For the ICI UK Pension Fund there is a pensions increase guarantee of the Retail Prices Index (RPI) up to a maximum of 5%. The Trustee may also grant discretionary increases above the guarantee. The annual RPI for July each year is used and the increase applied to pensions in November each year.
Source: Company press office
Imperial Tobacco
Pensions are increased annually in line with the RPI up to a maximum of 10% p.a. (excluding the Guaranteed Minimum Pension in respect of the State Scheme which is increased by the State).
Source: Company press office
Pensions are increased annually in line with the RPI up to a maximum of 10% p.a. (excluding the Guaranteed Minimum Pension in respect of the State Scheme which is increased by the State).
Source: Company press office
InterContinental Hotels Group
Guaranteed increases on pensions (in excess of any GMP) in line with increases in the RPI up to a maximum of 5% per year. The Company and Trustees also have a stated aim (not a promise) that pensions will be further increased by 2/3rds of any increase in the RPI above 5% pa. Increases to GMPs are partly paid by the plan, with the remainder paid by the state.
Source: Company press office
Guaranteed increases on pensions (in excess of any GMP) in line with increases in the RPI up to a maximum of 5% per year. The Company and Trustees also have a stated aim (not a promise) that pensions will be further increased by 2/3rds of any increase in the RPI above 5% pa. Increases to GMPs are partly paid by the plan, with the remainder paid by the state.
Source: Company press office
International Power
Pensions are increased in April in line with the previous September's annual increase of RPI, subject to a maximum increase of 5% per annum.
Source: Company press office
Pensions are increased in April in line with the previous September's annual increase of RPI, subject to a maximum increase of 5% per annum.
Source: Company press office
Kingfisher
Pensions are increased in line with the previous December's annual increase of RPI, subject to a maximum increase of 5% per annum.
Source: Company press office
Pensions are increased in line with the previous December's annual increase of RPI, subject to a maximum increase of 5% per annum.
Source: Company press office
Land Securities
Declined to supply details.
Source: Company press office
Financial assumptions reported under FRS17 accounting requirements include pension increases of 2.5% for 2003, 2.75% for 2004 and 3.0% for 2005. The same figures are assumed for inflation.
Source: Annual report 2005 page 90
Legal and General
Pensions are increased in line with RPI, with a minimum increase of 3% and a maximum increase of 5%.
Source: Company press office
Pensions are increased in line with RPI, with a minimum increase of 3% and a maximum increase of 5%.
Source: Company press office
Liberty International
Annual pension increases in line with RPI, subject to a maximum of 5%.
Source: Company assistant secretary
Annual pension increases in line with RPI, subject to a maximum of 5%.
Source: Company assistant secretary
Lloyds TSB
A range of schemes, some with minimum increases of 3% or 4%, others with increases fully matching RPI. Others match RPI up to 5%.
Source: Company press office
A range of schemes, some with minimum increases of 3% or 4%, others with increases fully matching RPI. Others match RPI up to 5%.
Source: Company press office
Man Group
The majority of pensioners receive increases in line with RPI with a minimum of 3% and a maximum of 5%.
Source: Company pensions manager
The majority of pensioners receive increases in line with RPI with a minimum of 3% and a maximum of 5%.
Source: Company pensions manager
Marks & Spencer
"Post-retirement increases for pensions earned from 6 April 1997 are awarded on a statutory basis."
(Ie. in line with RPI to a maximum of 5%)
Source: Company website
"Pensions earned prior to 6 April 1997 are guaranteed to increase by the rise in inflation, up to a maximum of 3% per annum. Increases beyond this figure will continue to be reviewed on a discretionary basis."
Source: Company website
National Grid Transco
Pensions are increased in line with the Retail Prices Index; there is no maximum increase.
Source: Company press office
Pensions are increased in line with the Retail Prices Index; there is no maximum increase.
Source: Company press office
Next
Increases are applied in December each year and are in line with the Government's RPI indicator to the previous September. There is no maximum since all increases are at the discretion of the Trustee. However, for post 5.4.97 service, there is a maximum guaranteed increase of 5%. For post 5.4.05 service, the maximum guarantee is 2.5%.
Source: Company press office
All increases (above GMPs) since December 1996 have been in line with the annual RPI to the previous September. For pre 6.4.97 service there are no guaranteed increases, other than on the post 1988 GMP element (3% or RPI - to September- if less). However, the Trustee can, and has increased this part of a member's pension under the discretionary rules of the Next Plan.
Source: Company press office
Northern Rock
Increases are calculated at RPI subject to a minimum of 3%. Further increases when RPI is above 5% are discretionary.
There is an intention that the ongoing value of pensions should match RPI over the medium term. Years when RPI is less than 3%, but pensions have been increased by 3% in accordance with the rules, may be taken into account in future years if RPI is above 5%. This reflects a balancing out of the excess benefit arising from the 3% minimum increase previously paid when inflation is below 3%.
Source: Company press office
Increases are subject to a minimum of 3%. Further increases when RPI is above 3% are discretionary but have generally been met in the past.
There is an intention that the ongoing value of pensions should match RPI over the medium term. Years when RPI is less than 3%, but pensions have been increased by 3% in accordance with the rules, may be taken into account in future years if RPI is above 3%. This reflects a balancing out of the excess benefit arising from the 3% minimum increase previously paid when inflation is below 3%.
Source: Company press office
O2
For employees who joined the BT Pension Scheme before 1st April 1986 and subsequently were able to join Section 3 of the O2 Pension Plan – Pension increases are based on RPI with no upper limit. For those who joined the BT Pension Scheme between April 1986 and March 2001 and subsequently were able to join Section 2 of the O2 Pension Plan – Pension increases are based on RPI up to a maximum of 5%.
Source: Corporate affairs office
For employees who joined the BT Pension Scheme before 1st April 1986 and subsequently were able to join Section 3 of the O2 Pension Plan – Pension increases are based on RPI with no upper limit. For those who joined the BT Pension Scheme between April 1986 and March 2001 and subsequently were able to join Section 2 of the O2 Pension Plan – Pension increases are based on RPI up to a maximum of 5%.
Source: Corporate affairs office
Old Mutual
No UK pension funds.
Source: Corporate affairs office
No UK pension funds.
Source: Corporate affairs office
Prudential
For pensions earned 1997-2005 increases match RPI, capped at 5%; post 2005 this reduces to 2.5%.
Source: Company press office
The Rules do not provide for any increases. Any increase is at the discretion of the Employer. Historically, the Prudential Scheme has kept pace with inflation.
Source: Company press office
Reckitt Benckiser
In accordance with statutory requirements Limited Price Indexation ("LPI") applies and pensions are increased by the lower of the increase in the Retail Price Index and 5%.
Source: Company press office
In accordance with the Rules of the Fund, pensions are increased by the lower of the increase in the Retail Price Index and 5%.
Source: Company press office
Reed Elsevier
Pensions in payment in excess of the Guaranteed Minimum Pension are increased in line with Retail Prices Index, subject to a max of 5%. RPI rate of increase is specified as the RPI for the December immediately preceding the increase date. Pensions increase on the 6th April each year.
Source: Group pensions office
Pensions in payment in excess of the Guaranteed Minimum Pension are increased in line with Retail Prices Index, subject to a max of 5%. RPI rate of increase is specified as the RPI for the December immediately preceding the increase date. Pensions increase on the 6th April each year.
Source: Group pensions office
Reuters
An annual increase in line with the RPI, up to a maximum of 5%.
Source: Company pension office
No increase in 2003 (except for an increase in line with the RPI for those aged over 75), 2004, 2005 and 2009. Increases in line with inflation in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Source: Company pension office
Rio Tinto
Increases all pensions in payment on 1 April each year by a percentage equal to the percentage rise in the RPI over the year ending on 30 September before that date, subject to a maximum of 10%.
Increases above 10% may be granted at the discretion of Rio Tinto plc and the Trustee of the Fund.

Source: Company press office
Increases all pensions in payment on 1 April each year by a percentage equal to the percentage rise in the RPI over the year ending on 30 September before that date, subject to a maximum of 10%.
Increases above 10% may be granted at the discretion of Rio Tinto plc and the Trustee of the Fund.

Source: Company press office
Rolls-Royce
Rolls-Royce Pension Fund - RPI max 5%
Rolls-Royce Group Pension Scheme - RPI max 5%
Vickers Group Pension Scheme - RPI max 5%
Source: Group pensions office
Rolls-Royce Pension Fund - Discretionary (Until 2002, discretionary increases of pre-97 pensions matched those applied to the post 97 pension. In 2003, 2004 and 2005 a discretionary increase of 1.5% was applied to the pre 97 pension.)
Rolls-Royce Group Pension Scheme - RPI max 3%
Vickers Group Pension Scheme - RPI max 3%
Source: Group pensions office
Royal Bank of Scotland
Guaranteed inflation linked increases up to a maximum of 5%. RBS scheme is non-contributory for employees.
Source: Group human resources office
Guaranteed inflation linked increases up to a maximum of 3%. In practice, RBS has always applied increases in line with inflation. For example the increase on 1 April 2005 was 3.2%, which included a discretionary 0.2% for pre 1997 service.
Source: Group human resources office
Royal and Sun Alliance
Guaranteed pension increases of RPI capped at 5%. There is discretion by the Company and trustees to pay increases above this guaranteed rate although no such discretion has been exercised since 1997.
For the defined contribution scheme, annuities purchased by members at retirement must include guaranteed increases capped at 5% pa.
Source: Company press office
Guaranteed pension increases of RPI capped at 5%. There is discretion by the Company and trustees to pay increases above this guaranteed rate although no such discretion has been exercised since 1997.
In earlier years, increases above 5% have been granted when inflation was higher than 5%.
This does not apply to the defined contribution scheme, as it was set up in 2002 and has no pre-1997 accruals.
Source: Company press office
SABMiller
No final salary pension schemes.
Source: Company press office
No final salary pension schemes.
Source: Company press office
Sage Group
No final salary pension schemes.
Source: Group finance office
No final salary pension schemes.
Source: Group finance office
Sainsbury
The guaranteed minimum increase to J Sainsbury pensions in payment, is as follows: The lesser of 5% for pensionable service after 06/04/97 or the annual increase in the Retail Price Index (RPI).
Source: Sainsbury website
The guaranteed minimum increase to J Sainsbury pensions in payment, is as follows: The lesser of 3% for pensionable service before 06/04/97 or the annual increase in the Retail Price Index (RPI).
Source: Sainsbury website
Schroders
Declined to supply details.
Source: Company pensions office
Actuarial assumptions for pension increases were 2.4% in 2002, 2.7% in 2003 and 2.7% in 2004. These figures compare with assumptions for inflation of 2.3%, 2.8% and 2.9% respectively. These figures show that funding is on the basis that pensions are increased virtually in line with inflation.
Source: Annual Report 2004 page 50
Scottish & Newcastle
Increases are guaranteed at inflation to 5%, although the company can give discretionary increases in addition.
Source: Company press office
No guarantee but Scottish & Newcastle has a history of giving inflation increases on a discretionary basis (uncapped).
Source: Company press office
Scottish Power
Scheme allows for pensions (both pre & post 1997) to be increased in line with the RPI subject to a maximum of 5%. The Company has discretion to provide for further increases above 5% if the RPI increase is above this figure.
Source: Company press office
Scheme allows for pensions (both pre & post 1997) to be increased in line with the RPI subject to a maximum of 5%. The Company has discretion to provide for further increases above 5% if the RPI increase is above this figure.
Source: Company press office
Scottish & Southern Energy
Southern Electric Pension Scheme (SEPS) - pensions increased in line with RPI with no maximum.
Scottish Hydro Electric Pension Scheme (SHEPS) - staff joining up to 1/2/96 get full RPI;
staff joining post 1/2/96 get up to 5%.
Source: Company press office
Southern Electric Pension Scheme (SEPS) - pensions increased in line with RPI with no maximum.
Scottish Hydro Electric Pension Scheme (SHEPS) - staff joining up to 1/2/96 get full RPI;
staff joining post 1/2/96 get up to 5%.
Source: Company press office
Severn Trent
Pensions increased in line with RPI. Maximum varies according to scheme eg. up to a maximum of 5% with best endeavours to match RPI above that, while always meeting legal requirements.
Source: Company press office
Pensions increased in line with RPI. Maximum varies according to scheme eg. up to a maximum of 5% with best endeavours to match RPI above that, while always meeting legal requirements.
Source: Company press office
Shell
Pensions (currently in payment and deferred) are increased each year by the percentage increase in the Retail Prices Index (RPI) up to a maximum of 7%.

If the movement in the RPI is higher than 7%, the founding companies can also ask the trustee to approve annual increases higher than 7% up to the percentage increase in the RPI.


More details in pension booklet including increases paid from 1994-2003
Source: Shell website
Pensions (currently in payment and deferred) are increased each year by the percentage increase in the Retail Prices Index (RPI) up to a maximum of 7%.

If the movement in the RPI is higher than 7%, the founding companies can also ask the trustee to approve annual increases higher than 7% up to the percentage increase in the RPI.


More details in pension booklet including increases paid from 1994-2003
Source: Shell website
Shire Pharmaceuticals
No final salary schemes.
Source: Company press office
No final salary schemes.
Source: Company press office
Smith & Nephew
Annual pension increases under the UK Pension Fund are based on RPI subject to a maximum of 5%.
Source: Company press office
Annual pension increases under the UK Pension Fund are based on RPI subject to a maximum of 5%.
Source: Company press office
Tate & Lyle
Pensions are increased annually in line with the retail price index up to a maximum of 5%.
Source: Deputy Company Secretary
Pensions are increased annually in line with the retail price index up to a maximum of 5%.
Source: Deputy Company Secretary
Tesco
"Limited Price Indexation" to all pensions, ie RPI to 5%.
Source: Company pensions office
"Limited Price Indexation" to all pensions, ie RPI to 5%.
Source: Company pensions office
Unilever
“UPF pensions are increased on 1 Oct each year. Your pension related to service while a member of the Fund is guaranteed to increase by the rate of inflation, as measured by the latest Retail Prices Index (RPI) published at 1 September, over the previous 12 months, subject to any increase in excess of 5% requiring the approval of Unilever PLC.”
Source: Unilever website
“UPF pensions are increased on 1 Oct each year. Your pension related to service while a member of the Fund is guaranteed to increase by the rate of inflation, as measured by the latest Retail Prices Index (RPI) published at 1 September, over the previous 12 months, subject to any increase in excess of 5% requiring the approval of Unilever PLC.”
Source: Unilever website
United Utilities
United Utilities scheme: Guaranteed increase each 1 April, in line with RPI (as at the previous December) with a maximum of 5%. If Actuary agrees an increase in excess of 5% can be paid. The Mirror Image and Local Government sections have guaranteed inflation proofing with no limit.

Electricity Supply Pension Scheme: Guaranteed increase each 1 April, in line with RPI (as at the previous September) with a maximum of 5%. An increase in excess of 5% can be paid subject to the agreement of the Company.
Source: Company press office
United Utilities scheme: Guaranteed increase each 1 April, in line with RPI (as at the previous December) with a maximum of 5%. If Actuary agrees an increase in excess of 5% can be paid. The Mirror Image and Local Government sections have guaranteed inflation proofing with no limit.

Electricity Supply Pension Scheme: Guaranteed increase each 1 April, in line with RPI (as at the previous September) with a maximum of 5%. An increase in excess of 5% can be paid subject to the agreement of the Company.
Source: Company press office
Vodafone
Pensions are increased by the lesser of:-
1) the percentage increase in RPI during the year ending on the preceding 30 September, and
2) 5%
Source: Company press office
The Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP) element is increased as required by GMP legislation. The non-GMP element is increased by the lesser of:-
1) the percentage increase in RPI during the year ending on the preceding 30 September, and
2) 5%
Source: Company press office
Whitbread
Increase annually in line with Limited Price Indexation, ie inflation up to a maximum of 5%. Provision to review on a discretionary basis if inflation exceeds 5%.
Source: Company pension office
Increase annually in line with Limited Price Indexation, ie inflation up to a maximum of 5%. Provision to review on a discretionary basis if inflation exceeds 5%.
Source: Company pension office
William Hill
Pensions increased in line with RPI up to a maximum of 5%.
Source: Company press office
Pensions increased in line with RPI up to a maximum of 5%.
Source: Company press office
WPP
Pensions increased in line with RPI, with cap.
Source: Company press office
Pensions increased in line with RPI, with cap.
Source: Company press office
Xstrata
No final salary pension schemes.
Source: Company secretary
No final salary pension schemes.
Source: Company secretary
Yell
Declined to supply details.
Source: Company press office
Actuarial assumptions for pension increases were 2.5% in 2003, 2.9% in 2004 and 2.9% in 2005. These figures were the same as the assumptions for inflation, which shows that the pension scheme is funded on the basis that all pensions are increased in line with the rate of inflation.
Source: Annual Report 2004-05 page 91
3i
Declined to supply details.
Source: Company press office
Actuarial assumptions for pension increases were 3.0% in 2003, 3.0% in 2004 and 3.1% in 2005. These figures were higher than the assumptions for inflation – 2.5%, 2.9% and 3.0% respectively - which shows that the pension scheme is funded on the basis that all pensions are increased in line with or above the rate of inflation.
Source: Annual report 2004 page 58
Details from other companies which prefer not to be named
Pensions above GMP rise in line with RPI limited to 5%.
In general, pensions above GMP rise in line with RPI limited to 5%. One scheme has paid increases on a discretionary basis in line with post 1997 increases.
Pensions above GMP rise in line with RPI limited to 5%. In a second fund, pensions increase in line with RPI with no cap.
Pensions above GMP rise in line with RPI limited to 5%. In a second fund, pensions increase in line with RPI with no cap.
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