The Pre-2015 Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme
Produced in partnership with Michael Hayles of Burges Salmon LLP
The Pre-2015 Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme

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 Pre-2015 Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme
  • What is the PCSPS?
  • Statutory framework
  • Funding
  • Governance and administration
  • Eligibility and membership
  • Contributions
  • Standard benefits
  • Indexation and equalisation of GMPs
  • Public sector exit payments—pensions implications for the PCSPS

What is the PCSPS?

Up to 30 September 2002, the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS) was the sole pension arrangement available in the civil service. Since 1 October 2002, four separate sections have been created within the PCSPS, namely Classic, Classic Plus, Premium and Nuvos. For more information on the creation of each of these sections, see: Eligibility and membership, below.

Subsequently, on 1 April 2015, a new scheme was created, the Civil Service Pension scheme (CSP) alpha, which provides benefits on a career average basis.

When alpha was introduced, the pensionable service of PSCPS members ceased unless they benefited from certain transitional provisions adopted at the same time as the creation of alpha. These transitional provisions effectively enabled existing members of the Classic, Classic Plus, Premium and Nuvos sections nearing retirement to remain within their section. However, the legal validity of these transitional provisions has been threatened. For more information, see Practice Note: The Post-2015 civil service pension scheme—alpha—Transitional provisions under alpha.

In addition, there is:

  1. the Partnership Scheme—an alternative defined contribution (DC) scheme available since 2002

  2. the Civil Service Compensation Scheme—a scheme which makes payments to those made redundant or on certain other withdrawals from service

  3. the Civil Service Injury Benefits Scheme—this pays benefits to those injured while on duty

  4. the Partnership Pension Account Death Benefits Scheme—which provides death benefits