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Departmental Pensions

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to advise staff of pension options available to them in relation to added years or additional voluntary contributions. (253264)

Information is made available to staff on added pension, additional voluntary contributions, and stakeholder pensions by the following means:

(a) all new staff are provided with a scheme booklet on pension choices when they join the Department;

(b) all staff in the scheme are provided with an annual pension statement which details the current and projected value and provides information about ways of boosting their pension;

(c) the Department's intranet and staff handbook provide information about the pension scheme and a link to the scheme website where more information is available;

(d) the Department's pension team provides a pensions helpline for all pension enquiries including information about ways of boosting pension.