4.1.80  Gathering a member’s public service pension scheme history (including their previous membership of the PCSPS) is used to determine their eligibility for alpha or to join one of the PCSPS schemes.

4.1.81  There are two dates when a member is checked against the ‘presence test’, 31 March 2012 and 31 March 2015.

4.1.82  On these dates they are checked to see if they were a member of a public service pension scheme, or on a qualifying break in membership.

For a break to be a ‘qualifying break’, a member must have pension benefits from their previous period of scheme membership (e.g. a preserved award) and have joined another public service pension scheme within five years.

4.1.83  Members who fail the presence check (they were not present or on a qualifying break on both dates) can only be eligible for the alpha scheme unless they fall into one of the exception groups.

The Joiner Tool will identify the correct scheme to enrol new members into.

There is more information available about eligibility for alpha, public service history and the presence tests available here.

23 December 2021
Last updated:
27 January 2022