Pension schemes face a levy hike next year as increased funding costs for public bodies are taking their toll.

According to a consultation published today by the Department for Work and Pensions, the general levy – paid by occupational and personal pension schemes – will need to rise to plug a forecast gap of £540m by 2029/30 under current rates.

This levy, which was last increased in 2008/09, recovers the funding provided by the DWP for the core activities of The Pensions Regulator, the Pensions Ombudsman and part of the activities of the Money and Pensions Service.

The rates were reduced by 13 per cent in 2012/13 and have since remained the same for most pension schemes, according to the DWP, while a lower levy rate for schemes with 500,000 members or more was introduced in 2017/18.

The levy is paid according to the number of members in the pension scheme, with different values for occupational schemes and personal/stakeholder plans.

The DWP stated there was a surplus of £24m in 2013, but this has been reduced to just over £2m since. By the end of 2019 the government expects a deficit of £16m, which is estimated to grow to £50m next year.

The development is largely due to levy rates not keeping up with inflation and an increase in funding for public bodies, the DWP stated.

If you would like to discuss your pension with an adviser, please contact cbreward@wealthoafadvice.co.uk or 0191 384 1008.