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Departmental Pensions

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps his Department is taking to advise staff of pension options available to them in relation to added years or additional voluntary contributions. (253261)

New entrants to the Civil Service are provided with a new entrant pension starter pack; this explains that new entrants have the option of requesting information on increasing their pension benefits.

The pensions websites provides both new and current members with specific downloadable leaflets on added pension (added pension replaced added years provisions on 1 March 2008) and the Civil Service additional voluntary contributions scheme.

In the event of changes to, or the introduction of new provisions to increase pension benefits, notification is issued via office notices which are provided to Personnel Departments to distribute to all staff.