Civil Service Pensions COVID-19 Contingencies Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak the majority of Civil Service Pensions staff are working remotely. There are two types of dependant’s pension: No, there are some criteria which have to be met. At the end of each section of this scheme guide you will find information especially for members who moved into alpha from one of the sections of the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS). No. This is worked out if you die within five years of taking your pension. This continues every year you are an active member of alpha. If your pension was classic plus, the automatic lump sum will only be based on the service you built up while you were in classic (up to 30 September 2002). Your pension will replace the payment you are receiving without you having to take any action. This section provides a guide to the various ways you can take control of your retirement planning. A guide to the other options available, if alpha is not for you. Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS) 窶� Key features 窶� March 08. If the medical adviser agrees that you qualify for an ill-health pension, there are two levels of ill-health retirement pension which could apply, depending on your ability to work. When you contribute to an EPA you build up an EPA portion of your alpha pension that is just like the main alpha pension. alpha also provides some benefits that can be made to your family if you die. You will need to complete an opt out request form and send it to your employer. Some of the things to consider, and the effects on your pension, when you choose to take your benefits earlier than your NPA. A brief guide to what alpha offers its members. 07B. This continues to reduce until 01 April 2025 when the multiple reaches and stays as two. Your pension will be worked out on the day you leave. How the benefits are worked out if you die while still in service. For example, if your NPA is 67 years and six months you may have chosen the age 65 EPA option that was available, this would be payable without reduction from age 65, which is two years and six months before your NPA. Before then, it was the custom for serving naval, Customs officers etc. and the alpha section of the CSOPS is available via the civil service pensions website. If you can transfer your pension into another arrangement you must apply within strict time limits; you will be advised of these when you get your transfer quote. Your pension will be preserved when you leave the pension scheme. An adult dependant’s pension - this is for your spouse or civil partner, or a partner. Your eligible dependents will be entitled to benefits for the alpha part of your benefits. You should not enter into any financial commitments until you have received confirmation that your benefits have been authorised. The E-mail message field is required. As well as any pension the member may have already been paid, the lump sum payments made from their pension as a result of their death also count as using part of their LTA. If your combined qualifying service in the PCSPS and alpha is two or more years, you will get a preserved pension in each scheme. The FDA holds both the Minister for the Cabinet Office, their officials and Civil Service Pensions (MyCSP) to account for the myriad of issues they are responsible for but in the case of GMP and State Earnings-Related Pension Scheme (SERPS) this is greater than just the civil service pension scheme. # Civil Service pensions explained : a guide to the benefits of the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme and to the arrangements for increasing pensions under the Pensions (Increase) Act 1971\n, # Great Britain. You can see all the pay bands, and the contribution rates on the Civil Service Pensions website. This amount is then transferred, in the form of pension benefits, to your former spouse or civil partner. When calculating the growth in your benefits an adjustment is made for any transfers made on a Non-Club basis, the increase resulting from the transfer is offset. You can only partially retire once using your alpha pension benefits and once using your PCSPS pension benefits. Unless you choose to leave alpha, opt out, or switch (see Section 01D - Your other options) you will remain an alpha member. If you have any concerns you should raise them with the Scheme Administrator (MyCSP). But if you do, the payment you are receiving in respect of those benefits will stop, meaning the overall amount of pension that you get will reduce to just the alpha part of your benefits. Every effort has been made to make this guide as accurate as possible, but in the event of any difference, the rules will apply. You can take your benefits from alpha either through full retirement when you leave employment or partial retirement where you continue working, if your employer agrees. If your employer agrees to the changes, you can apply. If you partially retire using your PCSPS benefits your pension may be abated while you continue to work. The earliest you can claim your benefits is your minimum pension age. If you are looking to claim a preserved pension you will need to complete and return the “deferred retirement form” which is available on the Civil Service Pensions website. a cash transfer sum to purchase benefits within another pension arrangement. If during the period that you were not a member of alpha or PCSPS you worked for and joined the pension arrangement of another public service employer, special conditions may apply. alpha pensions are not subject to abatement. Generally if you bring in a transfer from a personal pension you will be eligible for a preserved pension. But any LTA charges must be paid by the person who receives the lump sum. If you want to proceed with the transfer, you and your new pension scheme will need to sign the appropriate discharge papers. This is subject to HM Revenue & Customs limits. Due to changes in legislation you will not be able to transfer your benefits to a Defined Contribution arrangement. 02F. You can see a copy on the Civil Service Pensions website: www.civilservicepensionscheme.org.uk. There are no special tax relief options when you transfer in a previous pension. You can get additional quotes but you may be charged for this. There is a limit to the maximum amount of alpha pension you can get from a non-Club transfer in. All other members can take their benefits from age 55. Contact details for the providers are shown below. The total lump sum will be five times your annual pension at your date of death, taking into account any adjustments based on prices. Because you are changing where you work, you will need to get both employers to sign your application. This guide uses as little jargon as possible but where it has to use specific technical terms, they have been explained in plain English. An NPA minus one EPA portion that can be paid in full at NPA minus one (age 67). Contact details, addresses and websites you may need, and places to go for more information. This means that changes can only take effect from the start of the next scheme year (01 April). 4.4 The broad comparability assessment will take account of the move to alpha, where staff who transfer to DWP prior to 1 April 2015 are to be moved from nuvos at 1 April Buying Added Pension and the Civil Service Additional Voluntary Contributions Scheme (CSAVCS) are both ways you can boost your retirement income. It is worth noting that your pension may be included in any payment / settlement agreed as part of divorce or dissolution proceedings. There is more information about transferring your pension in Section 04D - Transferring your pension out of alpha. Full retirement is for members who want to start accessing their pension, and are ready to leave work completely. Yes. No. Your alpha NPA matches your SPA, so this can also include a part year, like 67 years and eight months or 66 years and six months. Civil service careers will prove to be among the most wanted in the United States. If you have bought any added pension, or an EPA portion of your pension, it will be paid with your pension when you retire. If the earmarking order includes a lump sum, these payments will still be made if they remarry or enter into a civil partnership in the future. Your pension is paid monthly in arrears. The exact amount of increase can vary. Because you have not built up enough qualifying service in the scheme to qualify for a pension you get to choose from two options. In most circumstances you will get the option to take the maximum lump sum and an ongoing pension. You may be able to exchange your pension for an amount or additional amount of lump sum up to the limits set by HM Revenue & Customs. This depends on your circumstances and whether you are an active member, deferred member, or a pensioner. Yes. You will get the details of the maximum you can exchange when you claim your pension. If you decide to proceed with the transfer it will include the value of the added pension and EPA portion of your pension you have purchased. If you want to claim your alpha pension in full, without any early payment reduction, you must wait until your alpha Normal Pension Age (NPA). In alpha you need to have at least two years’ qualifying service (or have brought a transfer in from another pension arrangement) to get a pension. It is only the money that you have paid in that will be refunded, not any contributions paid by your employer. The maximum amount of lump sum you can take will be shown on your quote. Lump sums that are paid if you die use up part of your Lifetime Allowance (LTA). How the benefits are worked out if you die after leaving with a preserved pension. All the records that pass between your employer, your doctors, and the SMA are treated in the strictest confidence. If you were a classic or classic plus member you will still get the automatic lump sum and you may have an option to exchange some of your pension for an additional lump sum. You will have time to decide during the application process. Further information is available on their websites: Legal & General - www.legalandgeneral.com/csp Equitable LIfe - www.equitable.co.uk/. No, unless you have two years’ qualifying service (or have brought a transfer in from a personal pension) you are not entitled to a preserved pension in alpha. As an alpha member you are able to select whether you want to purchase added pension for yourself only or for yourself and your dependants. There is more information on the GOV.uk website, and available from HM Revenue & Customs. Yes. You can claim your full alpha pension benefits if you retire when you reach your alpha Normal Pension Age (NPA). You will not be ‘switched’ back into alpha. Contributions are invested in a fund or selection of funds. Your earned alpha pension is the pension that comes from your pensionable earnings each year, not from a transferred in pension or any added pension you have bought. You can see a copy of The Public Service (Civil Servants and Others) Pensions Regulations 2014 on the Civil Service Pensions website. This also includes some periods of time off work when you are sick. Pensions in payment are taxed as an income, so the exact amount you pay is determined by how much you get. When your pension comes into payment it will be checked against the Lifetime Allowance (LTA) to see how much of the LTA it uses up. Your EPA option will be backdated to your start date, so you might have to pay some backdated contributions. Visit the Financial Conduct Authority website for some tips on how to find an IFA in your area: www.fca.org.uk/consumers/finding-adviser. If your SPA changes, your alpha NPA will also change. The exact amount of reduction can vary, but in general the earlier you claim your pension, the greater the reduction will be. A guide to taking partial retirement, and the benefits you could get. The SMA may find that your health does not keep you from working, and may turn down your application. You can opt out of the pension scheme and choose not to be a member of alpha or the partnership scheme. Section 01B - Building up your benefits has more detail on this. This means when you leave employment, your alpha pension will be preserved to be claimed at a later date. Your health must, in the opinion of the Scheme Medical Adviser (SMA), permanently prevent you from being able to do your current job or any other similar role. Your pension can be reduced if you claim it before your NPA, or it can be increased if you claim it later than your NPA. If you do not claim 100%, any WPS refund will be paid when you fully retire but may be subject to extra tax or need to be converted into pension. You will get a preserved pension based on both schemes. No. Every effort has been made to make this guide as accurate as possible, but in the event of any difference, the regulations will apply. If you are employed on a fixed-term appointment / contract, the number of years untill the end of your appointment / contract is used. You can find out more about State Pension ages by checking the GOV.uk website. 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