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Departmental Pensions

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to advise staff of pension options available to them in relation to added years or additional voluntary contributions. (253270)

In November 2007, the Department advised its staff via its intranet about the withdrawal of the added years facility as from 1 April 2008. They were also given details of the new added pension arrangements and directed to the pension reform pages on the Civil Service Pensions website, where they could get more detailed information and could access an added pension calculator.

Via its intranet, the Department directed staff to the civil service website which provides detailed information on the options for increasing pension—including the option of added voluntary contributions. Staff are also given a civil service pensions email address and telephone number, that they can use to obtain further information, and who to contact if they want specific information booklets.