Date posted: 01/12/2009

Audience: This Notice will be of particular interest to:

  • HR staff who deal with pensions

Action: To note

  • that Cabinet Office has written to HR Directors with a model letter for them to issue to staff
  • the information in the enclosed letter to staff , in case of any queries

To make sure that the letter is issued to all members including staff in Agencies and Schedule 1 bodies.

Timing: Immediate

  1. In the Pre-Budget Report yesterday, The Chancellor said: “… by 2012 contributions by the State to public service pensions for teachers, local government, NHS and the Civil Service will be capped – saving around £1bn a year. Public sector workers will make a greater contribution to the increasing value of pensions, with those earning over £100,000 paying more.”
  2. Some media have interpreted this as cuts to the Civil Service pension. That is not the case and Cabinet Office has today written to your HR Directors enclosing a model letter to issue to reassure staff and to warn senior staff that their contributions are likely to increase from April 2012. We enclose a copy for your information, in case you receive any queries from your members.
  3. Please make sure that your organisation has received and issued the letter to all members, including those in Agencies and Schedule 1 bodies.


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1 December 2009
Last updated:
24 April 2023