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 practice 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
  • Scheme Management Board
  • The Pensions Regulator
  • Eligibility and membership
  • Employing authorities
  • Access to the private sector
  • More...

The Pre-2015 Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme

FORTHCOMING DEVELOPMENT: In order to implement the McCloud remedy referred to in Practice Note: The post-2015 civil service pension schemes—alpha—Transitional membership of PCSPS until 31 March 2022, the government intends to pass the Public Service Pensions and Judicial Offices Bill (see LNB News 11/05/2021 80). Furthermore, any necessary amendments required to scheme regulations in order to implement the policies will be subject to further consultation (see consultation response dated 4 February 2021).

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 (also known as the 1972 Section), Classic Plus (a hybrid between Cassic and Premium), Premium (also known as the 2002 Section) and Nuvos (also known as the 2007 Section). The first three sections are effectively final salary sections, while the fourth (Nuvos) is a career-average section. 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 government took steps to close the PCSPS to future accrual, subject to

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