The Association of Members of IBM UK Pensions Plans (AMIPP)
This page amended June 2007
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From time to time new documents will be added to this site.  There will be links to a new document  initially in three places - the home page, the latest news page (which actually has links to all first level docs in latest first order), and the docs page (which is grouped by topic).   Once the new documents have been mentioned in a newsletter, the yellow 'New' marker next to these links will be removed and the link will be removed from the home page. 

  Home   This is the entry page for the website.
  How to use   This page
  Forum   The way we know what you are thinking.
  News   This has the newsletters and documents in date order.
  Register   Get an email when there is a newsletter released.
  Change email address   When your email address changes.
  Lost members   Please help us maintain the list of email addresses
  Situation   The overview of what has happened and is happening.
  How to help   If you want to be involved.
  Contact AMIPP   AMIPP promotes member interests and maintains this site.
  Elections   Your representatives on the Trust Board
  Our Trust   What our Trust and IBM said.
  Comparisons   How IBM compares
  Links   External links, to Government organisations, the US sites, etc
  FAQ   Frequently Asked Questions
  Documents   Grouped by topic.
  Actives   Special interest for actives
  Deferreds   Special interest for deferreds
  Retirees   Special interest for retirees
  Shareholders   Proposals to vote on, etc.
  South Africa   Of special interest to members of the South African IBM scheme
  Complaints   Summary and text of complaints, some are with the Ombudsman
  Westminster   Government and MP matters.
  Legal   Legal considerations, which includes what the Ombudsman does.
  Historical   More detail the earlier days.
  Message archive   Thousands of messages.


To a degree, the source of documents in this website (as opposed to ones reached by linking outside of the website) will be indicated.  The documents with no obvious source will be those that are on the message board and anonymous.   Documents which are the work of an individual will be attributed.   Documents which are not attributed have been peer reviewed within AMIPP and may be collaborative.

All pages on the website are liable to become less relevant, and less correct, with the passage of time.  It is not practical to continuously update all the pages, and to do so would lose historical value. 

There will inevitably be some wrong information, missing links, and other flaws on the website.  Please tell the Webmaster if you encounter anything, unless it is just obsolete information in the archive section.

Some documents were entered using Optical Character Recognition of printed paper.  This can introduce differences from the original.  Please tell the Webmaster if think you have spotted a significant flaw.

About terminology.   We tend to use the term "retirees" rather than "pensioners" for people who have occupational pensions, to distinguish them from state pensioners.  The "complainants" are people who have complained, usually referring only to those that wound up making the example complaints to the Ombudsman.  IBM UK and the IBM UK Pensions Trust are different companies and we use the term "respondents" to cover both.

 Throughout this site we are using the term 'C-Plan' to refer to all the defined benefit pension plans currently and formerly provided by IBM (for example, N,E,A,B,Q & T Plans).  The terms 'defined benefit' and 'final salary' mean the same here. The M-Plan is a 'money purchase' plan, synonymous with 'defined contribution'.