When a member chooses an average of 3 consecutive years pay within the last 13 years of employment after a reduction in pay

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Example: Brian

Brian's pay was reduced from 1 April 2011 following a Job Evaluation Exercise. He became a member of the LGPS before 1 April 2014. He retires on 30 September 2016.
 
Brian's 'final salary benefits' will be based on:
 
  • his pensionable pay received during his last 365 days of employment (1 October 2015 - 30 September 2016), or
  • his pensionable pay based on any one of the last three years' pensionable pay if this is higher than the last 365 days, or
  • an average of any 3 consecutive years' pay (ending 31 March) in the last 13 years of employment if chosen by Brian as he suffered a pay reduction in his last 10 years of membership.

Rates of Pensionable Pay in Brian's last 13 years:

 
From 1 April 2016 £17,500   From 1 April 2011 £15,000   From 1 April 2006 £17,000  
From 1 April 2015 £17,000   From 1 April 2010 £19,000   From 1 April 2005 £16,500  
From 1 April 2014 £16,500   From 1 April 2009 £18,500   From 1 April 2004 £16,000  
From 1 April 2013 £16,000   From 1 April 2008 £18,000        
From 1 April 2012 £15,500   From 1 April 2007 £17,500        
As he suffered a pay reduction in his last 10 years of membership, Brian elects to select the best average of 3 consecutive years within the last 13 years. Which 3 year period does he select?
 

Pensionable Pay Calculation:

 
3 year period
Average pay
over the period
Pensions Increase
Total
1 April 2013 - 31 March 2016 £16,500 - £16,500
1 April 2012 - 31 March 2015 £16,000 5% £16,800
1 April 2011 - 31 March 2014 £15,500 7% £16,585
1 April 2010 - 31 March 2013 £16,500 9% £17,985
1 April 2009 - 31 March 2012 £17,500 11% £19,425
1 April 2008 - 31 March 2011 £18,500 13% £20,905
1 April 2007 - 31 March 2010 £18,000 15% £20,700
1 April 2006 - 31 March 2009 £17,500 17% £20,475
1 April 2005 - 31 March 2008 £16,500 19% £19,635
 
The pensionable pay selected that Brian selects to calculate his 'final salary benefits' would be the average in respect of the 3 consecutive years from 1 April 2008 to 31 March 2011.