The new single tier state pension will be introduced on 6th April 2016. Contracting out of the additional State Pension for Defined Benefit schemes will come to an end with effect from this date. This will mean an increase in NI contributions of approximately 1.4%. Letter from the Police Pensions Unit, which can be accessed below and the Dept. of Work and Pensions explain these changes in greater detail. The letters have been sent to all forces and to all pension administrators. A fact sheet produced by the Dept. of Work and Pensions can also be accessed below. A helpful circular has been prepared by the General Secretary of the PFEW which has been circulated to all Joint Branch Boards. It can be accessed below.