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EPN422 - 2015 Pensions Changes - New Joiner Tool and updated text for letters of appointment

Audience:

This notice will be of interest to:

  • HR Managers; and
  • Pension Leads

Action:

Start using the revised text for letters of appointment and the new Joiner Tool for appointments with a start date on, or after, 1 April 2015 with immediate effect.

Timing:

Immediate

Detail

  1. A new Joiner Tool is now available on the Civil Service Pension Scheme website. This tool has been updated to reflect the introduction of the new scheme, alpha.
  2. Between now and 1 April 2015 there will be two separate tools: 

    a)  For new appointments with a start date on, or after, 1 April 2015, please use the new joiner tool, which incorporates the new process for deciding which scheme a joiner or rejoiner should be enrolled in to.

    b)  For new appointments with a start date before 1 April 2015, please use the existing Rejoiner calculator. This calculator will provide you with the correct scheme to enrol the member into and ensure the member receives the appropriate starter pack and information.
  3. Please make sure that all colleagues in your organisation who are part of the recruitment process are aware of the new tool. If you outsource your recruitment then you should ensure your contractor uses the new tool. Failure to use the new tool could result in the new entrant being enrolled in the wrong scheme.
  4. The standard text for the letters of appointment has also been updated to reflect the introduction of alpha. You should use the revised text immediately and ensure all those responsible for appointing new recruits are aware of the change. You can find the revised text here.

Contact

If you have a question about the distribution of EPNs contact employerpensionnotice@cabinetoffice.gov.uk.

You can find electronic copies of the Employer Pension Guide, all current EPNs and forms on our website.

This notice is for employers and should not be issued to scheme members.

If members have a question about their pension they can find information on this website or by contacting MyCSP.