Every year we review Civil Service pensions in payment to determine if they should be increased in line with prices. This review is called Pensions Increase (PI).

PI takes effect from the first Monday after 6 April each year.

We use the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) to September of the previous year to determine PI. If CPI shows an increase in prices, PI will be applied to pensions in payment in line with CPI. If prices have fallen, or remained at the same level, no PI will be applied.

In September 2023, CPI was 6.7%. As a result, Civil Service pensions in payment will increase by 6.7% from Monday, 08 April 2024.

Frequently asked questions

There could be several reasons why you may not have received the full 6.7% increase:

  • Your tax code may have changed – you can check your tax code on your payslip. If you think it's incorrect, contact HM Revenue & Customs directly on 0300 200 3300.
  • Pay dates – your pension is paid in arrears. Depending on when your pay date is in the month, you may not see the full increase until next month.
  • Not all members are eligible for the full 6.7% increase- if you reached state pension age before 6 April 2016 and you were working in the Civil Service prior to 6 April 1997, part of your Pensions Increase is paid within your state pension. Therefore, if you didn’t receive the full 6.7% in your occupational pension, you will have received an increase in your state pension to compensate. In addition, if you retired part way through the last year you may only be eligible for a partial increase based on your calculation date.

This may be due to a change in your tax code. You can check your tax code by logging into the Pension Portal, by looking at your payslip or by logging onto your HM Revenue & Customs account.

If it has changed, you will need to contact HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) directly on 0300 200 3300.

Pensions Increase is the annual increase which may be applied to your Civil Service pension. It’s applied at the same percentage as the annual increase to the Additional State Pension.

It’s usually paid to anyone over age 55 and anyone under age 55 who has qualified for:

  • an ill-health retirement pension
  • a widow’s pension
  • a widower’s pension
  • a civil partner’s pension
  • a partner’s pension or
  • a child’s pension

Please note: You may qualify for Pensions Increase before the age of 55 if you have dependent children under the age of 23.

Pensions Increase is applied from the first Monday after 6 April. Pensions Increase will be applied this year from Monday 8 April.

This year's increase is 6.7%.

Pension payments are made in arrears. Therefore, if you receive your pension at the end of the month (for example, 30 April) your payment will only reflect the new increased rate for part of the month.

Your P60 shows the total of all payments you’ve received during the tax year. This may be different to your annual pension figure because it takes into account changes in the annual rate paid to you, or increases in pension during the year.

In previous years, you may have received your P60 at the same time as your payslip. However, we now send these documents as soon as they are produced which means you may receive them separately. You should receive both documents by the end of May; however, both documents are also available via our Pension Portal.

Members are unable to return Pensions Increases as they are entitled to them under statutory legislation. If you’re entitled to the Pensions Increase, this amount will be considered when any benefits are calculated.

Prior to your retirement, you will have received paperwork detailing your pension benefits, including the amount of pension that would be payable to your spouse in the event of your death. Read more about benefits for your loved ones.

We are unable to change your tax code unless advised by HMRC. If you have any queries about your tax code or tax liability, please contact HMRC on 0300 200 3300 or Overseas +44 135 535 9022.

17 December 2021
Last updated:
25 March 2024