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Departmental Pensions

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to advise staff of pension options available to them in relation to added years or additional voluntary contributions. (253268)

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.

Cabinet Office provides leaflets that explain added pension and additional voluntary contributions for members. The information is also available in scheme booklets. These are available on the civil service pensions website or on request from the member’s pensions administrator.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), which was formed on 3 October 2008, consists of posts taken from the existing Departments for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (DEFRA), plus corporate services. DECC staff can access the BERR and DEFRA internal HR intranets to access information on a range of issues. This includes comprehensive information on how staff can boost their pension through added pension and additional voluntary contributions (AVCs).