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Court rules RPI remains the relevant index for pension increases in Section C of BT pension scheme

Press Release   •   Jan 19, 2018 10:21 GMT

In December 2017, we sought a decision from the High Court as to whether it would be possible to change the index used to calculate pension increases paid in the future to members of Section C of the BT Pension Scheme (BTPS) from the Retail Prices Index (RPI) to another index.

The High Court has handed down the judgment today which confirms that it is currently not possible to change from RPI to another index.We are disappointed with the decision and will now consider the judgment in detail in order to decide next steps, including the possibility of an appeal. The relevant index for pension increases for members in Sections A and B of the BTPS remains unchanged as the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Other pension matters

The triennial valuation is proceeding and constructive discussions continue with the BTPS Trustee and we still expect to complete the valuation in the first half of the 2018 calendar year.

We continue to review the future pension benefits under our main defined benefit and defined contribution schemes in the UK, with the objective of providing fair, flexible and affordable pensions. We have just completed a consultation with our affected employees and are now considering their feedback before concluding the review.

Note:

The membership of the BTPS as at 31 March 2017 is analysed below:

Activemembers Deferredmembers Pensioners Total
Sections A and B 11,500 25,500 176,000 213,000
Section C 21,000 38,500 23,500 83,000
Total 32,500 64,000 199,500 296,000

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