Changes to an Organisation's Legal Status

When the legal status of a church or employer changes, it may cease to be an "employer" for pensions purposes and the change may therefore create a cessation event  with a consequent employer debt, unless steps are taken to prevent this.

A change of status can occur if your organisation becomes a limited company (the old unincorporated trust ceases to be an employer) or if an amalgamation takes place with another body.

The document below gives details of a possible means to avoid a cessation event arising in these circumstances, but please note that each situation needs to be considered on its own merits, so it may not always be possible to resolve the potential pension problems arising from incorporation or amalgamation.

Please contact the scheme administrators at an early stage in the process.  The appendix to the document below provides a template for you to use (this is stage 1 of the procedure described in section 3 of the document).  However, please send the letter to LCP's office in Winchester.

 Incorporation or Amalgamation Procedures (September 2017)

Stage 2 of the procedure can be done at the same time as stage 1, there is no need to wait for a separate invitation.