• Pensions leads
  • HR managers
  • Communications managers/business partners/professionals responsible for internal communications distribution


  • To promote the release of the new Civil Service Pensions Podcast to members
  • To encourage members to visit the Civil Service Pension Scheme website to find out more, listen to the podcast and provide feedback


Thursday 8 September


Civil Service Pensions is launching the first-ever scheme podcast on Thursday 8 September 2022. The first two episodes will be available on all major podcast platforms, including Spotify, Google and Apple Podcasts. The remaining four episodes will be launched every other week from Thursday 22 September through to Thursday 3 November 2022.

Hosted by Emily Eccles and Rob Walker from MyCSP (the Scheme Administrator), the podcast aims to help members engage with their pension and the scheme via a new channel.

Each episode is designed to bring everything about the scheme back to basics. These jargon-free conversations will help members get to grips with their pension and make more informed choices about their future.

The series will consist of six episodes, each around 30 minutes in length.


The brand-new Civil Service Pensions Podcast has arrived, with the first two episodes available to stream or download from all major podcast platforms (including Spotify, Google and Apple Podcasts) from 8 September 2022.

There is also a Civil Service Pensions Podcast hub on the Civil Service Pension Scheme website.

We want members to feel informed and empowered when it comes to planning their financial future and retirement, but we know pensions can sometimes feel complicated and overwhelming.

That’s where this podcast series comes in. With expert guests and members of the scheme featured in every episode, hosts Rob Walker and Emily Eccles from MyCSP guide listeners through discussions about different aspects of the Civil Service Pension Scheme, bringing everything back to basics.

Whatever stage of life or career you’re at, there’s something for everyone.

Here’s what you can expect from our first series:

  • Pensions 101 –  what's so good about the Civil Service pension?
    No question is too small as we kick off the series with Dominic Arthur (Director of Pensions and Government Recruitment, Cabinet Office) and Duncan Watson (Chief Executive, MyCSP) talking us through the basics. We also explore what makes this scheme one of the best in the UK public sector.

  • Living your best life in retirement - how Linda's post-work years are among her best yet
    Linda was a civil servant in HM Revenue & Customs for 45 years and has a unique story to tell. Sharing her perspective on her career, her experiences in retirement and how active members can prepare for this major life change, it’s clear her retirement years are proving to be the best ones yet.

  • The Gender Pension Gapcould women be facing an unbalanced future?
    Cilla Christmas (Valuation and Strategic Review Manager in the Cabinet Office and Co-Chair of the Civil Service Carer’s Network) and Sarj Wheelwright (Stakeholder & Engagement Manager for Civil Service and Royal Mail Pensions) join us to discuss why half the UK population could be facing an unequal future in retirement. We explore facts, figures, research and the social and economic factors that underpin the Gender Pension Gap.

  • Why should you care about your pension in your 30s?
    James, a civil servant at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) joins Cathryn Murray (Training & Engagement Manager at from MyCSP) and our hosts to discuss why it’s never too early to start thinking about and planning for your financial future.

  • Leaving the Civil Service or opting out of your pension - what does it mean for your future?
    This episode dives into what happens when you leave the Civil Service or opt out of the scheme. Experts from MyCSP and the Cabinet Office talk us through how it all works, and why it’s so important for members to stay in the scheme.

  • Kids, marriage, divorce and more - how key life events affect your pension
    Whether you’re in line for a promotion, thinking of taking a career break, approaching maternity, paternity, parental or carer’s leave or if you become too ill to work, our guests explain how these events could impact your retirement planning.

We’re also inviting feedback and suggestions, as well as any burning questions members want us to answer in future episodes.

The first two episodes are available from 8 September 2022 on all major podcast platforms. Episodes three to six will released every other Thursday from 22 September.

Find out more at


If you have a question about the distribution of EPNs, or would like to receive them in a different format, please contact

You can find electronic copies of the Employer Pension Guide, all current EPNs and forms in the Employer section of the Civil Service Pensions website.

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

Members can find information about their pension by visiting the member's section.

2 September 2022
Last updated:
24 April 2023