4.1.7 We use the term ‘new entrant’ to define someone who is starting work for a CSP employer for the first time and, depending on their ‘employee status’, is eligible for a Civil Service pension. Whether the employee works full or part-time is immaterial.

4.1.8 We use the term ‘rejoiner’ to define someone who has been a member of the CSP arrangements before. This includes individuals:

  • joining your organisation (either with or without a preserved pension for earlier service), or
  • joining your organisation and who are receiving a Civil Service pension or have received some form of compensation from their previous CSP employer.

4.1.9 There is no minimum or maximum age for members joining the CSP arrangements. However, members of the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS) cannot accrue any further benefits in the scheme after their 75th birthday (see section 7 ‘Member reaching age 75 (classic, classic plus, premium or nuvos)’ for further information). This does not apply to members of alpha.

4.1.10 From 1 April 2015 new entrants with no recent public sector pension history have a choice of joining alpha or opening a partnership pension account (see Section 3 for details on the schemes available).

Members joining from a recent period of public sector employment may not be eligible for alpha; instead they may join nuvos or premium subject to their age (their years to their NPA) and their pension history.

4.1.11 Rejoiners may have different choices. These will depend on:

  • the length of break since they were last employed by a CSP employer,
  • the reason they left, and
  • whether or not they are receiving their pension.

4.1.12 The general position is as follows. There are exceptions to new entrants and rejoiners but we will tell you about these later (see table 1 ‘Exceptions to new entrants and rejoiners’ and ‘Other things you need to know – Rejoiner matters’ (paragraph 4.1.53 onwards)).

23 December 2021
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23 December 2021