insured schemes
An employer can contract out of the SERPs element out of the state pension scheme (hence qualifying for a contracted-out rebate on NIC's ) by means of an occupational pension scheme. There are strict rules relating to occupational pension schemes generally and contracting-out. Benefits under a contracted-out scheme must be at least as good as SERPs benefits and such schemes must ensure a "guaranteed minimum pension". An occupational pension scheme need not be contracted out. Occupational pension schemes set up by smaller companies are often insured - whereby an insurance company takes over all responsibilities in return for a premium.

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