The 2015 Changes

alpha logoA new pension scheme - alpha -was introduced on 1 April 2015. You should have implemented changes to your payroll systems, interface and business processes.

The links below give you information about the required changes that were published to help you develop new processes. This includes information to support you in commissioning changes with your payroll providers / IT partners.

Interface changes

The latest Interface Developers Guide is available on request from InterfaceTeam@mycsp.co.uk.

Process Changes

These documents tell you what you need to know about the 2015 requirements and what you need to do to change your processes ahead of implementation. The rules of alpha follow nuvos, with some exceptions. The exceptions are highlighted in the following documents. You should familiarise yourself with the new requirements.

DocumentDescription
Eligibility and Enrolling Employer Impact document informing you about putting members in the right Scheme at the right time.
Added Years & Added Pension Employer Impact document informing you about the changes to Added Years & Added Pension processing.
Ill Health Retirement Employer Impact document informing you about the changes to Ill Health Retirement processing. 
EPA Employer Impact document introducing EPA, which allows a member to buy a lower pension age.
Migration Document This document provides you with the rules to move members into alpha at the right time.

Contributions 

DocumentDescription
2015 Employer Contributions Information on changes to Employer contribution rates for 2015.
2015 Member Contributions Information on changes to Member contribution rates for 2015. 
2015 Member Contribution examples Member contributions from 1 April 2015 – examples

Enhanced Data Validation

DocumentDescription
Compendia enhanced data Enhanced data validations for MyCSP's new pensions administration system Compendia that you need to build into your Payroll system.
2015 enhanced data Enhanced data validations for alpha that you need to build into your Payroll system.

We will also provide you with further guidance on the joiner questionnaire; automatic enrolment; and public service pension scheme history, later this summer.

Support

The following documents have been produced to help you plan and prepare to meet your responsibilities in implementing the new scheme.

DocumentDescription
alpha - Employer Responsibilities Video Employers should watch this 10 minute film, which explains some of the key employer requirements for 2015 implementation as set out in the Impact Documents
Employer Forms These forms are to be used to assist Employers with the administration of the new alpha scheme.
Employer Tools & Calculators These tools are to be used to assist Employers with the administration of the new alpha scheme - joiner tool, pension questionnaire, CILON calculator.
Tapered Enrolment Tables Employers can use these tables to find out when to move a member into the new scheme
Inherited Protection: Normal Pension Ages in Public Service schemes Examples of how to test if existing members qualify for tapered enrolment or full protection, because they had previously been a member of another Public Service pension scheme.  
Public Service Pension History: 2015 pension changes Factsheet on the effects of Public Service Pension History. 
Take Control Notice (A3 landscape) alpha awareness notices to direct members to the Civil Service Pensions website. These notices, can be printed in A3 or A4 and displayed on notice boards in your workplace.
Take Control Notice (A3 portrait)
Take Control Notice (A4 landscape)

Contact

If you are an Employer and have any queries regarding the implementation of the new alpha scheme, please contact 2015employers@cabinetoffice.gov.uk.

Please note that if you are a scheme member and you contact us at the above email address, your query will not be answered. You should visit the alpha member pages for more information about the 2015 penison changes.

Archived Support Documents

The following documents were produced to help you plan and prepare to meet your responsibilities in implementing the new scheme.

DocumentDescription
Employer Readiness Guide The guide explains: why you have to make the changes; who needs to make the changes; what changes you need to make; when the changes need to be made; and guidance on how you make the changes.
Project Plan This document includes some key points to consider when developing your project plan to manage the 2015 changes.
Communications Timeline This timeline shows the key dates that your staff will receive information about the 2015 pension changes.
Impact of alpha pension ages on CSCS Information that the scheme will be making available to members going through the Options Exercise, about the potential impact of pension age and minimum pension age in alpha, on benefits payable under the Civil Service Compensation Scheme.
A new pension scheme Notice (A3 landscape) alpha awareness notices to direct members to the Civil Service Pensions website. These notices, can be printed in A3 or A4 and displayed on notice boards in your workplace.
A new pension scheme Notice (A3 portrait)
A new pension scheme Notice (A4 landscape)
What does alpha mean for you? Notice (A3 landscape)
What does alpha mean for you? Notice (A3 portrait)
What does alpha mean for you? Notice (A4 landscape)