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Life Cover Only Members: Basics
Since 22 September 2005, it has been unclear whether it is possible for occupational pension schemes to continue to have life cover only members as a separate category of membership. This is because an “occupational pension scheme” can only carry out activities which are "retirement-benefit activities" and provide death benefits if they are ancillary or supplemental to those activities.
Guidance from the DWP was published in February 2006, but schemes were advised to wait for the Pensions Regulator’s guidance before taking precipitous action. The Regulator’s guidance was finally published on 30 June 2006.
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