6.1.28 In exceptional circumstances, members forfeit their rights to benefits under the CSP arrangements. They automatically forfeit their benefits if convicted of treason. The Minister for the Civil Service may decide to withhold a member’s benefits, either completely or partly, if they are convicted of:

  • offences under the Official Secrets Act 1911; or
  • an offence connected to the civil servant’s employment that a government Minister certifies as gravely injurious to the State or liable to lead to serious loss of confidence in the public service.

6.1.29 You must not take any action without advice from the Scheme Manager.

6.1.30 Where a potential beneficiary is being investigated and/or has been arrested for such a crime, any pension or benefit payment should be temporarily suspended until either a conviction has been made, the investigation/prosecution is dropped, or there is an acquittal – in which case the benefits may then be paid. You must inform the Scheme Administrator at the earliest opportunity to withhold payment.

6.1.31 Forfeiture may also apply where a member has a monetary obligation arising from a criminal or negligent act in connection with their employment.

6.1.32 Anyone who is convicted of the manslaughter or murder of a scheme member cannot receive any benefits from the scheme as a result of the death. You must contact the Scheme Manager at the earliest opportunity. They will advise you on the process and will take things forward on your behalf.

4 January 2022
Last updated:
4 January 2022