ACCRUAL RATE is the fraction of Final Pensionable Salary that you will receive for each year of Pensionable Service in a defined benefit scheme such as the SOCPF. It is 1/54 for the Pre-2009 Section and 1/60 for the Post-2009 Section.
ACTIVE MEMBER is a member of an occupational pension scheme (such as the SOCPF) who is accruing benefits under that scheme in respect of current service.
ADULT DEPENDANT is a person who, in the opinion of the Founding Companies is financially dependent on or interdependent with you.
BASIC STATE PENSION (BSP) is the flat rate (not earnings related) State pension paid to all who have met the minimum National Insurance contribution requirements, their spouses, subject to certain conditions, and widow(er)s.
CHILD is any one of your unmarried children (legitimate, legitimated, illegitimate, lawfully adopted, or step) who:
• has not yet reached 18 years; or
• is under 23 years and in full-time education; or
• has a disability that means they are dependent on you.
Children is used throughout this website accordingly.
COMMUTATION is exchanging some of your pension for a cash lump sum.
DEFERRED MEMBER is someone who has left the service of companies in the Shell Group or opted out of the SOCPF, not started to receive a pension and retains benefits in the SOCPF.
DEFINED BENEFIT (DB) SCHEME is a scheme in which the benefits are defined in the scheme rules and accrue independently of the contributions payable and investment returns. Benefits are based on pensionable earnings and the length of pensionable service on leaving the scheme, retiring or death, whichever comes first.
DEFINED CONTRIBUTION (DC) SCHEME is a scheme in which a member's benefits are determined by the value of the pension ‘pot’ at retirement. The ‘pot’, in turn, is determined by the contributions paid into it in respect of that member, and any investment returns. It is also known as a 'money purchase' scheme. Defined contribution schemes can be set up by employers for their employees or can be set up by an individual for him or herself.
DEFERRED PENSION is a benefit relating to the past service of a member of an occupational pension scheme who is no longer an active member but has not yet retired. The benefits are payable at retirement or, if earlier, death.