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Departmental Pensions

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to advise staff of pension options available to them in relation to added years or additional voluntary contributions. (253266)

Members of the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme receive an annual benefit statement showing the pension built up to date, and also a projection of their pension on retirement if they continue in service to scheme pension age. The benefit statement prompts the member to consider boosting their pension and provides details of the civil service pensions website where staff can obtain further information, including options for making additional voluntary contributions and a calculator to work out costs for added pension (previously added years).

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

The Defence intranet provides comprehensive coverage of the terms and conditions of employment of the Department’s civil servants. This includes information on pension schemes and the ways in which staff can increase their pension benefits. The intranet gives links to the civil service pensions website that explains added pension and additional voluntary contributions for members. The information is also available in scheme booklets which can be accessed via the civil service pensions website or on request from the member’s pensions administrator.