partnership pension account

Please read this important update as a result of the COVID-19.

The partnership pension account is a defined contribution scheme. It is provided as an alternative option for members who do not wish to join one of our defined benefit arrangements (classic, classic plus, premium, nuvos, alpha).

For more information about the partnership scheme, please read the partnership scheme guide.

Joining partnership

If you have read our frequently asked questions and the partnership scheme guide, and you have decided to join the scheme, you will need to complete the Partnership Pension Account Application form, found on our forms page.

If you have just joined the Civil Service pension scheme and you choose to go into partnership within one month of joining, your contributions to partnership will be backdated to your first day of service.

Switching to partnership­­ from another scheme

If you have been a member of the Civil Service pension scheme for more than one month, you can switch to partnership (subject to eligibility), but your contributions will not be backdated.

For help deciding if switching to partnership is right for you, read our frequently asked questions.

You can request to switch to partnership at any time, but you must provide two months’ notice. You can only switch once in any 12-month period.

To request to switch, download the Pension Switching form from our forms page and return it to your employer.

Changes to the provision of the partnership pension account

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

Civil Service Pensions no longer manages any partnership pension accounts that members held with Prudential, Scottish Widows, or Standard Life before 01 September 2018.

If you have a question about a partnership pension account held before 01 September 2018, please contact your provider directly.

You can find their contact details on the Contact us page.