Defined Contribution

Welcome to the defined contribution scheme section. These pages will help you learn more about our defined contribution (DC) pension schemes and what your responsibilities are.

What is a defined contribution scheme?

A defined contribution pension scheme provides benefits to members on retirement, based on the amount of money paid into the scheme and investment returns.

Benefits at retirement can be provided as either an income and/or lump sum payments.

We currently offer three defined contribution schemes as part of the Civil Service pension scheme arrangements.

  • The Civil Service Additional Voluntary Contribution Scheme (CSAVCS)
  • The partnership pension account
  • The Concord pension account

Find out more about the defined contribution schemes

The defined contribution transition project

On 01 September 2018, the Scheme Manager (Cabinet Office) appointed Legal & General as the provider of all three defined contribution schemes provided under the Civil Service pension scheme arrangements. 

For more information about what this meant for members, and for support when dealing with employees who request to join a defined contribution scheme after 01 September 2018, please visit the DC transition project page.

DC procedures library

You will need to use the following documents when dealing with requests from employees who request to join a defined contribution scheme offered by Civil Service Pensions after 01 September 2018.

Process for employers registering with Legal & General (from 01 September 2018)

Employer request to participate in Legal & General Master Trust

Contact details for defined contribution scheme providers

Visit the Contact us page.