The Post-2015 civil service pension scheme—alpha
Produced in partnership with Michael Hayles of Burges Salmon LLP
The Post-2015 civil service pension scheme—alpha

The following Pensions guidance note Produced in partnership with Michael Hayles of Burges Salmon LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The Post-2015 civil service pension scheme—alpha
  • What is the alpha scheme?
  • Statutory framework
  • Funding
  • Governance and administration
  • Eligibility and membership
  • Employing authorities
  • Access to the private sector
  • Contributions
  • Standard benefits
  • more

What is the alpha scheme?

The alpha scheme, which is part of the Civil Service Pension (CSP) arrangements, came into force on 1 April 2015. Since that date, it is the primary statutory public service pension scheme for civil servants (as defined by paragraph 1 of Schedule 1 to the Public Service Pensions Act 2013 (PSPA 2013)) and those employed in certain categories as designated by the Minister for the Civil Service (the Minister) such as, but not limited to:

  1. a person who holds an employment which is remunerated out of money provided by Parliament, the Consolidated Fund or the Scottish Consolidated Fund

  2. a person who holds an employment which is remunerated out of a fund established by or under an Act of Parliament

  3. a person who holds an employment which is specified in an enactment as an employment to which the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS) relates or to which this scheme may potentially relate

  4. a person who, at any time before or after the Public Service (Civil Servants and Others) Pensions Regulations 2014, SI 2014/1964 (the 2014 Regulations) come into force:

    1. ceased to be a civil servant, or

    2. ceased to hold an employment which was at the time the person ceased to hold that employment listed in Schedule 1 to the Superannuation Act 1972 (SA 1972)