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Departmental Pensions

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps his Department has taken to ensure that its members of staff who are entitled to (a) added years and (b) additional voluntary contributions are aware of how to apply; (207426)

(2) what steps his Department takes to ensure that its staff are informed of the benefits of additional voluntary schemes at the commencement of their employment in the Civil Service.

Pension scheme members receive an annual benefit statement showing the pension built up to date, and also a projection of pension on retirement if the member continues in service to scheme pension age. The benefit statement provides details of the civil service pensions website where staff can obtain further information, including on options for making additional voluntary contributions to boost their pension.

New entrants are informed of pension options in the employment offer and are provided with a pension information pack.