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C22/1998 GENERAL INCREASE TO BRITISH PENSIONS PAID IN AUSTRALIA

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DATE OF ISSUE:  27 APRIL 1998

GENERAL INCREASE TO  BRITISH PENSIONS PAID IN AUSTRALIA

1.The British Department of Social Security (BDSS) have advised that the British pensions paid in Australia will rise in April 1998 by 3.6% in line with their Retail Price Index:

2.These changes will affect the EATS/COMPOSITE cases and any case where service pension is also in payment.  Age pension (BeB) cases will also be affected.  The new rates should be applied to EATS, Composite, all service pension and age pension cases where British disability pension is in payment.

EFFECTIVE DATES

3.This exercise is a manual process and arrears are to be paid to EATS/COMPOSITE cases, so the timetable is at your discretion.  However, the variation should be put into effect on payday 9 April 1998.  In service pension rent assistance, age pension cases overpayments should not be raised.

RATES CHARTS

4.A selection of rates converted to $A at both old and new rates are attached.


MANUAL CASES

5.The manual cases will be divided into those which are to be processed either through the Pension Payment System or through PIPS/PC.

6.The cases requiring manual examination will be identified by AL02 listings and the program $PPBBSPR which will list all service pension cases where British disability pension is in payment.  Action schedules (in the following groups) of cases requiring manual examination and variation by examiners will be produced on the 30 April, 1998.

Group ContentsReference Number

  • Composite Cases

(with or without SP)100

  • EATS Cases

(with or without SP)200

  • Other Overseas pensions

(which may be affected)300

  • Miscellaneous and joint cases900

Group 300 are to be processed via the PMF update transactions.  Groups 100 and 200 are to be processed via PIPS/PC.

7.The program ($PPBBSPR) will report on all those Service Pensioners who have British DP maintained in their assessment.  This report is to be actioned by amending the British DP amount recorded in each assessment.  Those cases are also to be processed through PIPS/PC.

MISCELLANEOUS AND JOINT CODES

8.Any case listed in group 900 will require action to remove the joint payment and/or miscellaneous pension code, in addition to the British pension adjustment.


CONTROL CARDS AND COMPUTER RUNS

9.The parameter cards for the computer runs are at Attachment A.  Would you please check the parameter cards to ensure that they are correct before processing commences.  Any changes should be reported to Murray Chynoweth on (06) 289 6799 so that the appropriate amendments can be made.  The computer processing will be performed by the Mainframe Support Unit (MSU).  A listing of all relevant cases will be forwarded to Benefits System Support Officers.

DATA ENTRY OF TRANSACTIONS FROM AL02 ACTION SCHEDULES EATS AND COMPOSITE CASES

PAY PERIOD CODES

10.The pay period number 73 (effective date 9 April 1998) should be entered.  The day within the pay period field may be left blank.

KEYFAST BATCH DESCRIPTION

11.The manual transactions for EATS/Composite cases should be entered using Keyfast batch description $PENSIO in normal daily production by cut-off for the next available payday.  Arrears may need to be manually calculated and entered as a one time amount.

CASES WITH SERVICE PENSION AND OR AN AUSTRALIAN

DP COMPONENT TO BE PROCESSED VIA PIPS/PC  (Groups 100, 200)

12.For all cases involving EATS, COMPOSITE or SERVICE PENSION, whether automatic or manual method of assessment, the new rate of British pension must be updated on the CDB via PIPS/PC.  Due to the change in the British rate, these cases will be MS.


ADVICES

13.There will only be two circumstances where an advice is required and that will be in a limited number of cases.  The circumstances are when the British component is greater than the Australian and in cases where the increased British DP reduces the amount of Rent Assistance payable (i.e. in both situations, a payment variation is effected).  All reduced rate age pension cases will also be affected.

14.For variation cases requiring PIPS/PC action, a reason for variation should be entered on the Advices Screen, and an advice indicator of 'Y' coded on action schedules.  For non-PIPS/PC actions, a variation advice indicator of 'A' should be coded on action schedules.

CONTACT OFFICER

15.The contact officer for this exercise is Tiffany McIntyre on PH: (02) 62896398.

RJ HAY

BRANCH HEAD

INCOME SUPPORT

April 1998


ATTACHMENT A

CCHYNO.X.CNTL

MEMBER AL02

Z1200ALL3023802380

Z1100ALL3223802380

Z2200ALL3323802380

Z2100ALL0040014003

Z2200ALL0050015004

Z2300ALL0057005700

  BRITISH PENSION

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GENERAL INCREASE

***

BRITISH   PENSION

***

&

***

***

    REVALUATIONS

***

     RATES   CHARTS

***

INPUT WORK SHEET

************************************

Effective Date for OFFICERS & WIDOWS

9-Apr-98

Effective Date for OTHER RANKS

9-Apr-98

CURRENT EXCHANGE RATE

$A2.51

New Exchange rate

one pound = $A

2.51

OTHER RANKS - DISABILITY PENSION-EFFECTIVE

9-Apr-98

Current (Old) Exchange rate

one pound = $A

2.27

Open the macro sheet first

OLD

NEW

Please note!   This file must be used with the margins set to left 1.5 right 1.5

             CLASS

%

RATE

RATE

and top 2.0 bottom 2.0.   Do not remove any white space or lines from either

P.F.

P.F.

the INPUT WORKSHEET or the RATES CHARTS.    To do so will cause the

V, IV, III, II, I, WO1

macros  to malfunction

20%

107.63

111.54

PREPARED BY

30%

161.44

167.32

CHECKED BY

40%

215.26

223.09

PROOF READING ERRORS:If you find an error in the new rates

50%

269.07

278.86

that needs to be corrected, load the file

(BRIT_DP) then find and correct

60%

322.89

334.63

the rates then save.

70%

376.70

390.41

Do Not Delete this text

EXCHANGE RATE VARIATION FROM

TO

80%

430.52

446.18

CURRENT EXCHANGE RATE

DISABLED OTHER RANKS - MALE & FEMALE

90%

484.33

501.95

1939 War  Rates

100%

538.14

557.72

Assessment

pounds /wk

Appendix 2

100

111.10

other ranks

OFFICER - DISABILITY PENSION - EFFECTIVE

9-Apr-98

90

99.99

Exchange Rate $A

2.51

80

88.88

RANK

70

77.77

60

66.66

1 Midshipman or Comm Off Navy

50

55.55

  2 Lt. Army

40

44.44

    3 Capt. Army

OLD

NEW

30

33.33

      4 Major Army

RATE

RATE

20

22.22

         5 Lt. Col Army

%

P.F.

P.F.

20%

107.73

111.58

30%

161.55

167.42

DISABLED OFFICERS - MALE & FEMALE

40%

215.46

223.26

pounds yearly

Appendix 1

100

5797

officers

50%

269.28

279.10

90

5217

80

4638

60%

323.10

334.84

70

4058

60

3478

70%

377.01

390.68

50

2899

40

2319

80%

430.83

446.52

30

1739

20

1159

90%

484.74

502.26

100%

538.56

558.10

Appendix 8

   SUPPLEMENTARY ALLOWANCES

OFFICERS

     Officers

  Other Ranks

SERVICE RETIRED PAY OR SERVICE PENSION - EFFECTIVE

9-Apr-98

     (yearly)

    (weekly)

   EXCHANGE RATE

$A2.51

UNEMPLOYABILITY SUPPLEMENT

old rate

new rate

old rate

new rate

OLD

NEW

Personal allowance

3457

3582

66.25

68.65

RATE

RATE

Wife or adult dependent

1949

2019

37.35

38.70

P.F.

P.F.

1st eligible child

517

517

9.90

9.90

20%

107.73

111.58

2nd & subsequent child

584

590

11.20

11.30

INVALIDITY ALLOWANCE

30%

161.55

167.42

old rate

new rate

old rate

new rate

Age qualifying

1. Under 40

686

710

13.15

13.60

40%

215.46

223.26

Date

2. Over 40,under 50

433

449

8.30

8.60

3. 50 or over

217

224

4.15

4.30

50%

269.28

279.10

CONSTANT ATTENDANCE ALLOWANCE

60%

323.10

334.84

old rate

new rate

old rate

new rate

1. Up to half-day attendance

1057

1096

20.25

21.00

70%

377.01

390.68

2. Full day attendance

     Basic rate

2113

2192

40.50

42.00

80%

430.83

446.52

     Intermediate

3170

3287

60.75

63.00

     Exceptional

4227

4383

81.00

84.00

90%

484.74

502.26

COMFORTS ALLOWANCE

100%

538.56

558.10

old rate

new rate

old rate

new rate

Higher rate

908

939

17.40

18.00

Lower rate

454

470

8.70

9.00

SUPPLEMENTARY  ALLOWANCES

AGE ALLOWANCE

OFFICERS and OTHER RANKS - DISABLEMENT

   When the degree of pensioned

   EXCHANGE RATE

$A2.51

               disablement is

old rate

new rate

old rate

new rate

  a. 40 to 50 per cent

373

386

7.15

7.40

Effective

9-Apr-98

Effective

9-Apr-98

  b. 50 to 70 per cent

577

597

11.05

11.45

UNEMPLOYABILITY SUPP.

OFFICERS

OTHER RANKS

  c. 70 to 90 per cent

822

851

15.75

16.30

OLD RATE

NEW RATE

OLD RATE

NEW RATE

  d. over 90 per cent

1153

1195

22.10

22.90

P.F.

P.F.

P.F.

P.F.

Personal Allowance

332.82

344.85

332.58

344.62

Wife or Adult dependant

187.64

194.38

187.50

194.27

1st eligible child

49.77

49.77

49.70

49.70

2nd & subsequent child

56.22

56.80

56.22

56.73

   WIDOWS PENSION and ALLOWANCES

Appendix 6

CONSTANT ATTENDANT

OFFICERS

OTHER RANKS

OTHER RANKS

ALLOWANCE

OLD RATE

NEW RATE

OLD RATE

NEW RATE

P.F.

P.F.

P.F.

P.F.

Type of Award

Other Ranks

Officers

1.Up to half-day attendance

101.76

105.52

101.66

105.42

Class of Award per Week

per year

2.Full day attendance - Basic

203.43

211.03

203.31

210.84

Widow

WO1

1

2

3

4

5

- Intermediate

305.19

316.45

304.97

316.26

Higher Rate

84.20

84.20

84.20

84.20

84.20

83.90

- Exceptional

406.95

421.97

406.62

421.68

Lower Rate

19.70

19.70

19.70

19.70

19.70

19.41

COMFORTS ALLOWANCE

OFFICERS

OTHER RANKS

OLD RATE

NEW RATE

OLD RATE

NEW RATE

Children of

P.F.

P.F.

P.F.

P.F.

Widow  1st Child

14.25

741.00

Higher Rate

87.42

90.40

87.35

90.36

Lower Rate

43.71

45.25

43.67

45.18

2 nd and sub

15.65

813.80

Total Orphans

CLOTHING ALLOWANCE

OFFICERS

OTHER RANKS

1st  Child

16.05

834.60

OLD RATE

NEW RATE

OLD RATE

NEW RATE

P.A.

P.A.

P.F.

P.F.

2 nd and sub

17.45

907.40

Higher Rate

343.87

356.42

13.19

13.67

Lower Rate

343.87

356.42

13.19

13.67

infirm 18 +

64.70

3364.40

INVALIDITY ALLOWANCE

OFFICERS

OTHER RANKS

Age Allowance

OLD RATE

NEW RATE

OLD RATE

NEW RATE

P.F.

P.F.

P.F.

P.F.

Age 65 to 70

9.60

499.20

Age on       )         < 40 yrs

66.04

68.35

66.01

68.27

Qualifying  )         > 40 but < 50 yrs

41.69

43.23

41.67

43.17

Age 70 +

18.40

956.80

Date           )         > 50 yrs

20.89

21.57

20.83

21.59

Age 80 +

27.40

1424.80

AGE ALLOWANCE

OFFICERS

OTHER RANKS

When the degree of pensioned

OLD RATE

NEW RATE

OLD RATE

NEW RATE

disablement is :

P.F.

P.F.

P.F.

P.F.

a. 40% to 50% - inclusive

35.91

37.16

35.89

37.15

Other

Officers

b. > 50% but not > 70%

55.55

57.48

55.47

57.48

M.O.D.

P.F.

P.A.

c. > 70% but not > 90%

79.14

81.93

79.07

81.83

Special Awards for Widow

d. over 90%

111.00

115.05

110.94

114.96

whose husband's service

New

54.88

2854.00

ended on or before 31/3/73

   MISCELLANEOUS

   EXCHANGE RATE

$A2.51

      WIDOWS CHILDREN, MOTHERLESS & FATHERLESS CHILDREN

Appendix 9

Motherless & Fatherless Children

Effective

9-Apr-98

Effective

9-Apr-98

Total Orphan (weekly rate)

RENT ALLOWANCE (Maximum)

OFFICERS

OTHER RANKS

child

infirm

OLD RATE

NEW RATE

OLD RATE

NEW RATE

allow

under15

15orover

18orover

P.F.

P.F.

P.F.

P.F.

officers

rate for 1st

14.15

15.90

15.90

62.45

153.94

158.95

153.86

159.39

R.N.;R.M.

child

14.25

16.05

16.05

64.70

officers

rate for 2nd &

15.45

17.20

17.20

62.45

AGE ALLOWANCE

OFFICERS

OTHER RANKS

R.N.;R.M.

subsequent child

15.65

17.45

17.45

64.70

OLD RATE

NEW RATE

OLD RATE

NEW RATE

other officer

rate for 1st

14.15

15.90

15.90

62.45

P.F.

P.F.

P.F.

P.F.

ranks

child

14.25

16.05

16.05

64.70

Widows - Age 65 but under 70

46.50

48.06

46.44

48.19

other officer

rate for 2nd &

15.45

17.20

17.20

62.45

                Age 70 and over

89.15

92.11

89.11

92.37

ranks

subsequent child

15.65

17.45

17.45

64.70

                Age 80 and over

132.86

137.17

132.78

137.55

MISCELLANEOUS

OTHER

RANKS

OFFICER

DEPENDANTS OF DECEASED MEMBERS

RENT ALLOWANCE (MAX)

old

30.65

1599.00

new

31.75

1651.00

   EXCHANGE RATE

$A2.51

Effective

9-Apr-98

WIDOWS' PENSIONS - OFFICERS

Appendix 12

WIDOWS  ** HIGHER RATE **

OLD RATE

NEW RATE

BOTH WARS

******M.O.D.  Payment Included  ******

P.F.

P.F.

CLASS V

671.85

695.95

ROYAL NAVY

ROYAL

ARMY

R.A.F.

HIGH

          IV, III,  II,  I,  WO1

673.11

697.45

MARINE

RATE

Lt Comdr,  Capt,  Major,  Sq Ldr

681.71

706.27

Old Rate

New Rate

Lt,  Lt,  Capt, Fl Lt

680.07

704.54

Sub Lt,  Lt,  Flying Off   Pilot Off

678.53

703.00

Major

Sq Ldr

4326

4482

Comms Off

675.93

700.30

Capt.

Fl Lt

4309

4464

WIDOWS  ** M.O.D. PAYMENT **

OLD RATE

NEW RATE

Special award for Widows whose husbands completed service

P.F.

P.F.

Lieut.

FO

4293

4448

on or before 31 March 1973.

265.23

274.77

Comm Off

4266

4420

CHILDREN OF WIDOW OR REMARRIED WIDOW

OLD RATE

NEW RATE

P.F.

P.F.

Appendix 14

1st ELIGIBLE CHILD

71.05

71.34

2nd and SUBSEQUENT CHILD

77.60

78.35

CLOTHING ALLOWANCE

    OFFICERS & OTHER RANKS

     (yearly)

   TOTAL ORPHANS and MOTHERLESS CHILDREN

OLD RATE

NEW RATE

old rate

new rate

P.F.

P.F.

Higher rate

137

142

TOTAL ORPHANS   1st CHILD

79.91

80.35

Lower rate

137

142

2nd and SUBSEQUENT ORPHANS

86.36

87.36

INFIRM & > 18 -

313.76

323.90

WHEN YOU HAVE ENTERED ALL

THE NEW RATES SAVE THE INFO.

YOU SHOULD PRINT THE INPUT SHEETS

TO PROOF READ THE RATES

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