Update October 2020
Two things for members to look out for this month are the Annual Review from the Trustees which should drop through your letterbox soon and later in the month the Office for National Statistics (ONS) will publish the inflation indices for September. The Annual review will report on scheme progress in the last year and, unless any change is made by the Government, the September index will decide our pension increase in April 2021. We will report on these in the Members Area when they happen. If you are not a ROPA member why not join now and stay up to date with what is happening on your pension scheme. Joining instructions can be found further down this page.
As ever, if any ROPS member has pension-related concerns that they have been unable to resolve through the normal channels, please do not hesitate to contact us using the Contact Form at the bottom of this page and we will do our best to help.
Making A Difference
After health, a pension is one of the most important things in later life. We are dedicated to helping to ensure that your Royal Ordnance pension is properly managed, you know what you are entitled to and you get what you are due.
WHAT WE DO
We watch, we listen, we share experiences, we inform our members and, if they ask us to, we help. Pension management is complicated, involves a number of organisations and sometimes, even in well run operations, something goes wrong. So if you, or your spouse/partner, are a member of one of the Royal Ordnance schemes, either as a pensioner, a deferred member (having left before retirement) or are approaching retirement, it makes sense to be a member of ROPA.
WHO WE ARE
As long-time members of the Royal Ordnance Pension Scheme, we have an in-depth understanding of it’s particular complexities. We have a combined experience of more than 100 years in pensions and several of us are still active as member nominated trustees or pensioner representatives in the Scheme.
We are independent, non-profit making and funded only by our members subscriptions
“A member’s widow wrote to ROPA to cancel her late husband’s membership. She disclosed that he had died a year earlier and she had provided the relevant certificates to the pension administrators. She was surprised not to receive a letter of condolence - we were surprised she had not received a widow’s pension! We put her in touch with a senior administrator and the omission was quickly resolved”
“ A member’s widow was advised by the administrators that she would receive a pension of one half that of her husband. Her husband had told her that it would be roughly two thirds of his and, on checking the section of the scheme he was in, we were able to assure her that he was right. We provided an appropriate contact number and the correct position was confirmed. Further training was also put in place in the administrator’s call centre”
Any member of the Royal Ordnance Pension Scheme is eligible to apply for membership. You do not have to be a pensioner.
Joint membership is available if you wish to include someone living at the same address.
Help with understanding your specific pension issues
Informing you about scheme, pension & taxation developments:
Two ROPA Newsletters a year, to keep you in touch
An Annual General Meeting, where any issues can be aired
Access to the website's Member Area, where you can find relevant information
Annual membership subscription is only £8.00. Joint membership is £10.00. Subscriptions are due on the 1st January. Payment may be made by Standing Order, bank transfer or cheque.
Get in touch with ROPA to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.