On 01 September 2018, the Scheme Manager (Cabinet Office) appointed Legal & General as the single provider of all defined contribution schemes offered as part of the Civil Service pension scheme arrangements. 

Below, we have provided a summary of what the move to a single provider meant for members.

The Civil Service Additional Voluntary Contribution Scheme (CSAVCS)

Future contributions moved to the new provider (Legal & General) from September 2018.

Existing pension funds held with current providers were transferred to the new provider in quarter four of 2018.

The change was not implemented where doing so would cause financial detriment, and members were given the option to opt-out of the transfer of their existing pension funds.

The partnership pension account

Future contributions moved to the new provider from September 2018.

The change was not implemented where doing so would cause financial detriment, and members were offered the option of transferring their existing pension funds to the new provider in quarter four of 2018.

Standalone stakeholder pension

From September 2018, the Standalone stakeholder scheme became unavailable to new members. However, existing members were able to join the Civil Service Additional Voluntary Contribution Scheme (CSAVCS) from September 2018 if they wished.

Members were also offered the option to transfer their existing Standalone stakeholder pension to the new provider (Legal & General) in quarter four of 2018.

The Scheme Manager issued a letter to all active members of the above schemes confirming how the changes would affect their pension. Members were due to receive a letter by 14 August 2018.

DC procedures library

You will need to use the following documents when dealing with requests from employees who request to join a defined contribution scheme offered by Civil Service Pensions after 01 September 2018.

Process for employers registering with Legal & General (from 01 September 2018)

Employer request to participate in Legal & General Master Trust

Published:
17 December 2021
Last updated:
17 December 2021