Date posted: 01/06/2005


This important notice will be of particular interest to:

  • Finance Directors
  • HR Managers with specific responsibility for telling payroll providers about changes to the salary bands and increased rates of charge for ASLCs.


  • You must notify your payroll provider now of the new ASLC salary bands and the increased rates of charge which take effect from 1 April 2006. (EPN94 notified you of these increases)

Timing: Immediate


  1. ASLCs are the contributions paid by employers to Cabinet Office Civil Superannuation every month to provide pension cover for their staff who are members of the Civil Service pension arrangements.
  2. The table overleaf shows the annual full-time salary band used to determine the appropriate charge for each scheme member, expressed as a percentage of pensionable pay. The revised salary bands and new ASLC rates take effect from 1 April 2006. It is important that the full and correct ASLC, together with the member’s contribution, is paid by the 19th calendar day of the month following the payroll date for every scheme member.
 New Salary Band (£)

New rate of charge (%)
Announced 13/4/04 in EPN94)

Band 1 18,500 and under 17.1
Band 2 18,501 to 38,000 19.5
Band 3 38,001 to 65,000 23.2
Band 4 65,001 and over 25.5

Prison Officers with reserved rights (pre-Fresh Start)


Note 1 The salary bands for 2006-07 have been revalorised on the advice of the Scheme Actuary, Hewitt Bacon & Woodrow.
Note 2 The mini-ASLC for the provision of risk benefits to those opting for partnership pension account arrangements remains at 0.8%.

  1. CSPD recognises the need to keep Finance Directors better informed about ASLC's in the run up to the next quadrennial review in 2007 and is preparing informationto send to all Financial Directors annually.


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1 June 2005
Last updated:
24 April 2023