Date posted: 03/02/2015


This notice will be of interest to:

  • HR Managers; and
  • Pension Leads


To collect Civil Service pension history for 31 March 2012 presence check, if this is outside of your organisation. 




  1. Please make sure you have a process in place to ensure you have complete Civil Service pension membership history for your employees, as outlined in EPN 383.
  2. It is important that you have the complete Civil Service pension history because you need to know if the member was present in the Civil Service scheme, in another Public Service scheme or on a qualifying break on 31 March 2012 (or on a qualifying break going back to 31 March 2007), even if this is outside of your organisation.
  3. A Civil Service start date is not a substitute for this information. If there is a gap in the Civil Service pension history then it is possible that you will miss that a member was present in the scheme on 31 March 2012 (or on a qualifying break going back to 31 March 2007). This will affect those who potentially have full protection and you could incorrectly enrol them in alpha. The issue does not affect those with Tapered Enrolment because of the Options Exercise Data Cleanse exercise.
  4. Please look at how you hold Civil Service pension history on your systems. If the history is incomplete then you need to go back to the member’s previous employer to verify the service. 


If you have a question about the distribution of EPNs contact

You can find electronic copies of the Employer Pension Guide, all current EPNs and forms on our website.

This notice is for employers and should not be issued to scheme members.

If members have a question about their pension they can find information on this website or by contacting your Pension Service Centre.

3 February 2015
Last updated:
24 April 2023