System requirements

Web server running PHP version 5.4 or above is required. The modeller has been tested in Chrome, IE 8 and 9

External libraries

The modeller uses the MPDF library to create the PDF T&C and Application forms on the fly. This can be downloaded from www.mpdf1.com/mpdf/index.php .The folder containing the library must be at the same level as the css and image folders for the modeller.

The modeller uses the leanModal jscript to generate the help windows. This can be downloaded from www.leanmodal.finelysliced.com.au .The folder containing the script must be placed at the same level as the css and image folders.

Download

Current release: apc03052016.zip (537kb)

Updates made in the current release

The most recent release of the code for the APC modeller was on 3rd May 2016. The updates made in this release were to incorporate the following:

    • The increase in the maximum amount of additional annual pension that can be bought from £6,675 to £6,755.
    • The restructure to the page layout following the move of the national calculator to www.lgpsmember.org.
    • The updated additional pension factors released by DCLG in updated actuarial guidance on the purchase of additional pension.
    • The issue of a new version of the MPDF library referred to above.
    • Changes to the extra pension T&Cs to a) link to the LGPC's annual allowance and lifetime allowance factsheets, and b) to update the links to the HMRC webpages on recycling.

Updates made in previous releases

Update of 24th June 2015

The code was updated on 24th June 2015 to incorporate an updated version of the lost pension terms and conditions. A tracked changes version of the updated lost pension T&Cs is available here.

Update of 6th May 2015

The updates made in the release of 6th May 2015 are as follows:

      • Minor amends to the background code to correct some discrepancies in the SPA calculations – these were sometimes making the calculations a day or two out for members with certain DOB/SPA combinations.
      • Small adjustments to the terminology for consistency on the index, extra and lost pages.
      • Changes to the T&Cs to use the term APCs instead of additional pension contributions and to increase the font size.

Update of 1st April 2015

The updates made in the release of 1st April 2015 are as follows:

      • A 'one form' process introduced, with the form for 'lost' going to the employer and the form for 'extra' going to the administering authority
      • Maximum amount of pension that may be bought increased to £6,675 from 1st April 2015 as per requirements of LGPS Regulations 2013
      • Wording amended to reflect change to LGPS Regulations 2013 allowing employers to extend the period in which a member can make an election to buy back lost pension and have this count as a shared cost APC
      • A minor amend to the background calculations to correct a roundings issue that was causing some small discrepancies in certain circumstances
      • An employer field added for members to complete
      • Changes to the flowchart and to the T&Cs to reflect the above amends and to include information on the annual and lifetime allowances for extra pension

Earlier updates

The below table contains details of the amendments made in releases of the APC modeller code prior to 1st April 2015.

Release Amendments to lost pension Amendments to extra pension
22nd August 2014
  • Quick quote facility added (output direct to quote information – no requirement for t&c check when producing quote)
  • Help field added to explain quote facility
  • Terms and conditions on application form – now accessed via a hyperlink
  • Minor amendments to buying lost pension terms and conditions
  • Quick quote facility added (output direct to quote information – no requirement for t&c check when producing quote)
  • Help field added to explain quote facility
  • Terms and conditions on application form – now accessed via a hyperlink
24th July 2014
  • 30 day override tickbox added (where employer provides written permission they will pay 2/3rd share of cost of APC where the date returned to work is more than 30 days ago)
  • Date of Birth – Must input DD/MM/YYYY (new error codes if not input correctly)
  • Added four weekly to pay frequency drop down menu (and calculation amended)
  • In the results field moved ‘cost per £100’ to footnote
  • All help fields amended to reflect above changes
  • All reference to assumed pensionable pay amended to lost pensionable pay
  • Terms and Condition document text updated
  • Application Form document text updated (including reference to ‘date returned to work’ changed to ‘last date of absence’)
  • Flowchart on homepage amended to reflect addition of 30 day override tickbox.
  • Date of Birth – Must input DD/MM/YYYY (new error codes if not input correctly)
  • Added four weekly to pay frequency drop down menu (and calculation amended)
  • In the results field moved ‘cost per £100’ to footnote
  • All help fields amended to reflect above changes.
30th June 2014
  • Updated to allow members over SPA to obtain a quote for the purchase of lost pension
  • Amended to work on both https and http webpages
  • Amended to work on both https and http webpages
19th May 2014
  • Age is Age now or Age at DOR if DOR in future or Age at next birthday if next birthday is in next 30 days and after DOR
  • Fix no result where lost pay is less than £50
  • Reformat of details form and results form to make help link clearer
  • Label 30 days as from last day of absence
  • Move tick box to left of T&C confirmation
  • Age is Age now or Age at next birthday if in next 30 days
  • Fix no result where pension is less than £1
  • Move tick box to left of T&C confirmation
1st May 2014 N/A - original N/A - original