4.1.48 Where staff return their Pension Choices form after the three month decision period, you will need to take the following action according to whether or not you enrolled them into alphanuvos or premium:

  • if they were enrolled automatically and wish to stay in that scheme, then there is no further action for you (although in all cases you must keep the Pension Choices form on the member’s personnel file for future reference and send a copy to the Scheme Administrator).
  • if they were enrolled but wish to join partnership, you must treat their choice as a request to ‘switch’ schemes. See section 5 ‘Changing pension arrangements’ (paragraphs 5.9.1 to 5.9.2) for details of the switching process. The      Scheme Administrator may take this action forward for you, according to your agreement with them (you must keep the Pension Choices form – see 1st bullet point above).

4.1.49 Where you receive a Pension Choices form after the three month decision period, you must first consider the reasons why there has been a delay in the return of the form. If the delay is as a result of your actions you should consider backdating the choice so that the member doesn’t lose out. See ‘Extending the deadline for new entrants’ (paragraphs 4.2.14 to 4.2.16) for further details where the member wishes to join partnership. You must get approval from the Scheme Manager, Cabinet Office before you take any action. Email: cspsemployerenquiries@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Published:
23 December 2021
Last updated:
27 January 2022