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SAUL News update August 2011

Saul Member Survey
SAUL are considering ways of improving their service to SAUL members and they would like to find out your views on how they can serve you better. Please give them your thoughts by taking a few minutes to complete the SAUL member survey.

Take the SAUL member survey

You can access this by clicking on the link above or by visiting their website at www.saul.org.uk, where you can take the survey and find out more information about SAUL. SAUL would really appreciate your participation, since the information you provide will be invaluable in helping them to deliver a better service for all their members.

The survey is completely anonymous and confidential so they don’t ask for your name, address or personal details and they only look at the results as a whole.

If you are unable to access the survey, you may need to change or enable the settings on your PC in order to do so. If you have any questions about the SAUL member survey, please contact: webmaster@saul.org.uk

Benefit Statements at 31 March 2011
These have recently been distributed to the UCL department (as held on the HR system) for active members of SAUL at 31 March 2011 The statement sets out information relating to the benefits in SAUL as at 31 March 2011 and contains other useful information about your SAUL membership.

If you have a query relating to the service or personal data contained on the statement, contact UCL Pension Services.

Similarly, if you were an active member of SAUL at 31 March 2011 and have yet to receive your Benefit Statement, notify UCL Pension Services by email to pensions@ucl.ac.uk (subject of email = SAUL Benefit Statement enquiry) so that this can be rectified.

These are being held at UCL on 18th May 2011.  More information about the event and how to register your place can be found here.

Updated SAUL Publications
The following two documents have been updated:

• “It’s your future” - provides a short summary of the benefits of SAUL and the advantages of membership.

• “Receiving your pension from SAUL” is given to all members when they retire to give them details of how their pension is calculated, the retirement process, how SAUL pensions are paid and increased, tax and allowances and death benefits. If you’re approaching retirement or have already retired the booklet provides everything you need to know about your pension from SAUL.

SAUL appreciates feedback from their members about all of their publications. If you have any comments you can provide them here.

Changes to Additional Voluntary Contributions
Currently active members of SAUL can make Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs) to buy extra Pensionable Service. From April 2012 this will be replaced by a new way for members to build up extra benefits – called Additional Pension. After April 2012, pre-existing added years contracts may be continued, stopped or reduced. If you would like to pay AVCs to buy extra Pensionable Service or increase an existing AVC contract you need to do this before 30 March 2012, further information is available here.