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Departmental Pensions

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to advise staff of pension options available to them in relation to added years or additional voluntary contributions. (253273)

Our aim is that 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).

For technical reasons 2009 will be the first year we issue benefits statements to all scheme members.

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