DB Members

Pensioner Members

A pensioner is a member of the Plan who is receiving pension payments on a regular basis from the Plan.

Payment

Your pension is paid on the first working day of the month - your 1 January payment is usually paid before Christmas, around 19 December.

Payslips

Payslips are issued if a member’s net pay differs from the previous month by £100 or more. Members will still receive a payslip on retirement and at the end of September with the pensions increase letter.

Increases

Your Plan Pension, in excess of your Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP), is reviewed on 1 October each year. Any increases due to the GMP you have earned since 6 April 1988 are made on 1 April each year.

Tax Office

If you have any queries relating to the taxation of your pension, including your tax code, please contact:

HM Inspector of Taxes,
Birmingham Solihull Area,
City Centre House,
30 Union Street
Birmingham B2 4AE

Telephone number: 0845 3021437

Queries about your taxation are confidential and neither Mercer nor Mitchells & Butlers can become involved.

Tax Reference

Mitchells & Butlers Pension Plan 068 MZ41674
Mitchells & Butlers Executive Pension Plan 068 VZ41677

P60's

P60's are required to be issued by 31 May each year. For any P60 queries please contact the Payroll Department at Mercer quoting your National Insurance number.

Change of Address/Bank Account

If you move house or would like your pension paid to a different bank account please write to the address below:

Mitchells & Butlers Pensions,
Pension Payroll,
Mercer,
52 Westgate,
Chichester
West Sussex,
PO19 3HF

For any general enquiries you can either write to the address above or contact Mercer by phone or email at: Telephone number: 0870 850 0714 – Email address: mbplc.pensionpayments@mercer.com

It is important to remember that if post is unable to be delivered at the address held on the pension payroll records – often returned marked “gone away” – the payment is suspended until the pensioner gets in touch.

Frequently asked Q&As

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If at retirement you chose the Levelling Option the levelling supplement ceases at an age determined on your retirement. This may not be your State Pension Age.

Spouse/Partner pension:An immediate pension is paid to your spouse or Partner of 1/2 of your pension at the date you retired, before any reduction was made because you opted for a cash sum, plus increases at the same rate awarded to your pension since your retirement. This pension is payable for life.

If you leave a spouse whom you married before 1 April 2002 and a Partner, your spouse will receive the part of the pension related to Pensionable Service before 1 April 2002 and your Partner will receive the balance. It is important to complete a Partner Nomination Form every three years. Forms can be obtained from the Administrator, Mercer or from the forms section of this website.

  • What happens if my spouse/Partner is younger than myself?

    If you marry, remarry or nominate a Partner after you retire, and your spouse or Partner is more than ten years younger than you, their pension will be reduced by an amount decided by the Trustees – currently by 1/6% for each month of the age difference in excess of ten years.

  • What happens if I remarry after retiring?

    If you marry or remarry after retiring, a pension will only be paid to your spouse if your marriage had taken place at least six months before your death.

Childrens' pension: Immediate pensions are paid in respect of up to two dependent children of 1/6 of your pension at retirement, for each child. If there is no spouse’s/Partner’s pension payable, the children’s pensions are doubled. Pensions are paid to dependent children until they reach age 18 or complete their full-time education. They must cease at age 23. If there are more than two dependent children the Trustees can choose to apportion the total amount of the pensions amongst the children in such shares as they decide.

The Trustees have discretion to pay cash sums payable on your death to such of your beneficiaries as they decide. Currently this means that payments are tax-free. In order to provide value to members, the Plan offers a ‘promise’ on your pension for a specific period. If you die within five years of your retirement and are aged under 75, a cash sum payment is made equal to the balance of the payments you would have received for the remainder of the five years, based on the pension you were receiving at the date of your death.

Possible beneficiaries include your spouse, children and other close relatives or dependants, anyone named as a beneficiary in your will and other persons you have nominated in writing to the Trustees.

So that the Trustees are aware of your wishes as to the recipients of any cash benefit payable on your death, it is important that you complete and return a Beneficiary Form which can be obtained from the Administrator, Mercer or from the Forms page of this website. Your personal circumstances may change and you should review your nomination regularly (every three years) by returning another form so that the Trustees can take account of your latest wishes.

Mercer

If you have any questions about pensions please contact the pensions administrators:

Mitchells & Butlers Pensions
Mercer
4 Brindley Place
Birmingham
B1 2JQ

Telephone: 0845 850 0981
Email: mbplc@mercer.com

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