Update February 2021
At the time of writing, the news on the coronavirus pandemic is slowly beginning to improve with infections, hospitalisations, deaths reducing at last and vaccination progressing well. It remains clear however that the end to restrictions is by no means close and the marathon continues. I am sure that this period has become very difficult for even the most optimistic and well placed among us and for those less fortunate the struggle must seem never-ending. However, we all have no choice but to continue to be very careful and follow the guidance as rigorously as we can.
It is therefore all the more distressing to report that, as always, there are callous criminals out there who will seek to take advantage of any situation. We have reported in recent months on someone approaching pensioners purporting to be a JPC member in order to mislead them and we now want to warn people against COVID vaccination scams. Neighbourhood Watch has publicised these in its most recent newsletter and we would recommend having a look at the item so that you can spot the fake text message and website that the criminals are using. You can view it here.
On a more positive note, the Spring Newsletter for ROPA members is going to press now and will be with you soon. There is lots to read along with details of how to register for our online ZOOM AGM in April.
As always, remember that if anyone has any Royal Ordnance pension queries or issues that they have been unable to resolve you can contact us quickly and easily using the Contact Form below. We can respond by phone if you prefer. Just give us a number to call.
WARNING: Another scam? One of our members has been cold-called by someone claiming to be willing to pay £10-18 each for BAE Systems shares. That is more than 2 to 3 times the current price and in our opinion is almost certainly fraudulent. In our view you should not respond in any way.
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
Personal support with accessing entitlements
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 your pension or ROPA membership queries