What do I need to know?

Paying by monthly contributions

You will be able to start buying added pension by monthly contributions through payroll for the 2020-21 scheme year in classic, classic plus, premium, nuvos or alpha if you are a member of one of those schemes on 01 April 2020.

For a transition member (that is a member currently in classic, classic plus, premium and / or nuvos who is moving into alpha at some point in the future), added pension is purchased in the scheme in which they are an active member when they make the option, not the scheme they are in when the contributions commence.

If you are in alpha, you will also be able to start buying an EPA in alpha from 01 April 2020. If you move into alpha after 01 April 2020, you will be able to start buying added pension or an EPA from the date you join alpha, or alternatively from any subsequent 01 April. If you want to start buying added pension or an EPA from 01 April 2020, you must send your completed application form to the Scheme Administrator (MyCSP) by 13 March 2020.

Civil Service Pensions
PO Box 2017
Liverpool
L69 2BU

This is to ensure that the Scheme Administrator can tell your payroll provider in sufficient time to enable them to start taking payments from your April salary onwards.

If your application reaches the Scheme Administrator after this date, you may not be able to buy added pension or an EPA by monthly contributions in the 2020-21 scheme year.

Paying for added pension by lump sum

You can make a lump sum payment at any time in the scheme year through your salary, unless you have been a member of the scheme for less than 12 months.

If you want to make a lump sum payment through your salary in the 2019-20 scheme year, you must send your completed application form to the Scheme Administrator at the above address by 19 February 2020.

This is to ensure that the Scheme Administrator can tell your payroll provider in sufficient time to take the payment in the 2019-20 scheme year.

If your application reaches the Scheme Administrator after this date, it might not be processed in the current scheme year.

If you want to make a lump sum payment with a cheque, your cheque made payable to ‘CO Civil Superannuation’ and your completed application form must be with the Scheme Administrator by 21 February 2020.

If your application reaches the Scheme Administrator after this date, it might not be processed in the current scheme year. Please note that cheques must be sent to the Scheme Administrator and not to your employer or the Scheme Manager (Cabinet Office).

Before applying to buy added pension please make sure you understand the potential for an Annual Allowance tax charge by reading the section on the Annual Allowance which can be found on the Limitations and Allowances page.