Date posted: 07/02/2019


  • Pension leads
  • Payroll managers
  • Finance directors
  • HR directors


This EPN provides information on the changes in employer contribution rates from 1 April 2019. These rates have been calculated based on the latest actuarial valuation. They also include the administration charge for the scheme which was previously paid via monthly contributions and an annual invoice.


  • To instruct your payroll provider to amend contribution percentages to the latest rates
  • To inform colleagues (as per the audience outlined above) of the change in rates


  • Informing payroll providers and colleagues: as soon as possible
  • New rates apply from: 1 April 2019


1. The scheme is currently undergoing a valuation designed to set employer contribution rates from 1 April 2019. HM Treasury have directed that part of the valuation process (“the cost control mechanism”) should be paused but have confirmed that the valuation will be used to set employer contribution rates

2. To provide certainty, we are setting employer contributions on the basis of the current draft valuation results. The new rates and revised salary bands are set out below in paragraph 4. Once the valuation has been completed it will be used to set employer rates from 1 April 2020 for the remaining three years of the valuation period. We do not expect these to be substantively different from the 2019/20 rate, but if there is any variation, rates from 2020 onwards will take account of this.

3. The rates listed below also include 0.32% to pay for the administration levy. Previously this was split between monthly contributions and an annual invoice, but to reduce the administrative burden and harmonise across all employers we have reformed the way we bill.

4. Rates:


Current (2018/19)

Revised (2019/20)

Band 1 (£23,000 and under)



Band 2 (£23,001 to £45,500)



Band 3 (£45,501 to £77,000)



Band 4 (£77,001+)



Pre-Fresh Start Prison Officers



Mini-ASLC (Death In Service cover for Partnership members)



5. A proposal to keep employee contribution rates from 1 April 2019 at their current levels is under consultation with the unions and a separate notice will be sent when these rates have been finalised. We expect to send this notice in early March.

6. Employer contributions to the Partnership scheme are remaining the same as those for the 2018/19 scheme year.


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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 the Scheme Administrator (MyCSP).

7 February 2019
Last updated:
24 April 2023