This EPN provides information about this year’s Annual Assurance Statement (AAS) process.
Every participating Civil Service employer of the Civil Service Pension scheme (“the Scheme”) must ensure that they carry out their responsibilities in relation to the administration of the scheme. You can find these responsibilities in the Participation or Admission Agreement, which employers must sign.
Both Civil Service and New Fair Deal employers must complete the Annual Assurance Statement (AAS). If you are a Civil Service employer, your Accounting Officer (AO) must complete the AAS. If you are a New Fair Deal employer, your Chief Executive Officer (CEO) must complete the AAS.
The AAS helps the Civil Service Pension Scheme’s AO conduct their obligations to the Scheme, as outlined below.
To ensure that the internal controls and operational processes of participating employers are robust and conducted in accordance with participation and admission agreements
To confirm that your AO (if you are a Civil Service employer) or CEO (if you are a New Fair Deal employer) has undertaken the following obligations to the Scheme with appropriate care and due diligence:
to remind employers of their role and responsibilities in relation to the Scheme; and
to highlight areas of risk, where we would expect employers to focus their assurance.
We do not intend for the AAS to either provide a detailed assessment of process performance, nor duplicate reporting conducted elsewhere.
We will shortly be issuing the 2022/23 AAS to the individual(s) responsible for completing your organisation’s AAS, in accordance with our records. The steps below explain how to complete the AAS.
Step 2 Complete the Declaration section of the AAS - your organisation’s AO (if you are a Civil Service employer) or CEO (if you are a New Fair Deal employer) will need to do this.
Step 3 Sign the Declaration section with either a wet (handwritten) or electronic signature. If you are not providing a wet signature, please include an email from your CEO/AO to show they have agreed to the contents of the questionnaire.
Step 4 Send the signed Declaration electronically, along with the completed AAS to AAS2023@mycsp.co.uk by Friday 28 July 2023.
When submitting your AAS, please note:
We will not accept an incomplete AAS
We will mark your AAS as late if you provide it after Friday 28 July 2023
You must include your organisation’s name in the AAS and Declaration file names.
If you have not received your AAS by Friday 9 June 2023, please contact us at AAS2023@mycsp.co.uk.
The Scheme Administrator (MyCSP) is responsible for issuing and managing AAS returns to enable us to focus on analysing the results and related actions arising from the submission of assurances.
Changes to this year’s process
We have made the following improvements to this year’s AAS process:
We would welcome your views on the current Civil Service Pension Scheme Stakeholder Charter as part of the internal review.
We are continuing to accept the digital completion of the AAS to support employers’ flexible working practices
We have simplified the questionnaire to make it easier to complete
We’ve built enhanced validations into the questionnaire to advise when further information and supporting documentation is required
We’ve included specific guidance for each question in the FAQs on the Civil Service Pension Scheme website.
If, after reading the FAQs, you have any questions about this year’s AAS process, please email AAS2023@mycsp.co.uk.
If you have a question about the distribution of EPNs or would like to receive them in a different format, please contact EPN@MyCSP.co.uk.