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Defined Benefit - Employers

Every three years an actuarial valuation is undertaken for defined benefit (DB) pension schemes such as ​SHAPS. This is required by legislation. 

The valuation compares the assets of the scheme to the estimated cost of the benefits that have been earned, known as liabilities. If the assets are less than the liabilities then a recovery plan needs to be agreed to provide additional contributions from participating employers. 

The valuation involves assessing the employer covenant, the financial support provided to the scheme by the participating employers, which is an important factor in determining the assumptions used in the calculation of the liabilities. TPT Retirement Solutions works closely with the Scheme Committee (SC) and Employer Committee (EC) during the valuation to discuss employer covenant, the assumptions and the recovery plan, where applicable. More information about the ​EC is available here

2018 Valuation

The 2018 valuation is now finalised and the results have been communicated to employers at the September Employer Forum and by email to senior staff within each organisation. If you have any questions about the 2018 valuation please get in touch with the Employer Relationship team.

Email - employerrelations@tpt.org.uk
Phone - 
Rachel Holmes - 0113 394 2689 
Susan Wardlaw - 0131 523 1364  
  • SHAPS - Employer Form of Authority Download
  • Employer Form of Authority (FAQ) Download
  • SHAPS DB - Valuation 2018 (Timetable) Download
  • SHAPS DB - Valuation 2018 (Consultation template) Download

2015 Valuation

A copy of the 2015 valuation report is available upon request. Please email - employerrelations@tpt.org.uk.


  • DB Pension Schemes - Key terms Download
  • SHAPS - Employer Form of Authority Download