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Departmental Staff

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many and what percentage of staff in her Department are making additional voluntary contributions to their pension. (73009)

Members of the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS) can pay additional contributions to top up their pension either through the Civil Service Additional Voluntary Contributions Scheme (CSAVCS), a money purchase arrangement, or by buying added years of service in the PCSPS. As an alternative to membership of the PCSPS recruits from 1 October 2002 have been able to join a stakeholder arrangement, the partnership pension account.

The number and percentage of staff in the Department for Constitutional Affairs who are making additional voluntary contributions to their pension as at 1 June 2006 are shown in the table.

Number

Percentage

CSAVCs

333

1.08

Added years

445

1.45

Partnership

122

0.4