Can anyone remind me, if a client uses their FSAVC policy to provide retirement benefits, does this have any bearing when they come to take their main scheme benefits?
Im not sure if this is what you are referring to, but you can use the FSAVC benefits to provide the TFC, in order to preserve as much of the guaranteed benefits as possible
Free Standing AVCs don't tend to have any interplay with DB benefits. They are free standing from the employers DB or other main scheme and are essentially a GPP. It's the in-house AVC arrangements that can be used for PCLS under the main scheme.
I am sure there are some exceptions or providers putting labels on arrangements that aren't quite true.