ABS Distribution Schedule

Find out when you'll receive your ABS.

    Your statement will be available in the Pension Portal,

    You will be able to view and download your ABS by 31 August 2024, and as per the distribution schedule.

    The distribution schedule is a guide only. Occasionally we carry out additional checks to make sure you receive accurate information on your statement.

    If you've changed employers since 31 March 2024, make sure to enter your previous employer.

    How to view your statement:

    • Log into your Pension Portal account
    • Click the Annual Benefit Statement link

    If you don’t yet have a Pension Portal account

    You'll need to register for your Pension Portal account. Registering is easy and only takes a few minutes. Read or watch our helpful guide to registering for the Pension Portal to get set up.

    Are you affected by the 2015 Remedy (McCloud)?

    Over 400,000 current and former Civil Servants are affected by the 2015 Remedy. Are you one of them?

    Use the 2015 Remedy 'Am I Affected?' tool to find out now.

    Contributions, pensionable earnings, reckonable and qualifying service and how your pension is calculated

    Each month, your employer will deduct pension contributions from your pensionable earnings (salary including pensionable allowances and bonuses). Your contributions are used to cover the cost of the pension scheme. The full amount does not go into your pension.

    See the current contribution rates and pay bands.

    alpha - your statement estimate is the total pension you have built up as of 31 March. This is based on 2.32% of your pensionable earnings each year.

    Find out more about how your alpha pension is calculated in the alpha scheme guide.

    nuvos - your statement estimate is the total pension you have built up as of 31 March. This is based on 2.3% of your pensionable earnings each year.

    Find out more about how your nuvos pension is calculated in the scheme guide.

    Find out more about how changes in working patterns can affect your pension.

    We use the following to produce your statement:

    • your pensionable earnings (salary including pensionable allowances and bonuses)
    • your reckonable service (the amount of time you’ve served in Civil Service employment that counts towards your pension)

    The following don’t count as reckonable service:

    • unpaid leave
    • career breaks
    • strike days
    • sick pay at pension rate

    Part-time service will be calculated on pro-rata basis.

    This means your reckonable service could be lower than your total qualifying service (the total amount of time you’ve served in your current Civil Service employment).

    Find out more about how changes in working patterns can affect your pension.

    Find out more about how your pension is calculated in your scheme guide.

    If you’re a Pre-Fresh Start prison officer with reserved rights, your reckonable service is doubled after you’ve served more than 20 years. As a result, your qualifying service may be lower than your reckonable service.

    Spouse or survivor’s pension

    You must have more than 12 months of service to qualify for survivor’s benefits. If you have less than 12 months of service, your ABS will not include survivor's benefits.

    If you are a man and you were in post before 1 June 1972, your service before that date will normally provide a widow’s pension equal to one third of your pension (unless you chose to pay increased contributions to increase this to half).

    If you are a woman and were in post before 1 June 1987, you were only able to provide a widower’s pension if your husband was dependent on you.

    EPA (Effective Pension Age)

    When you contribute to an Effective Pension Age you build up an EPA portion of your alpha pension that is just like the main alpha pension. This is based on 2.32% of your pensionable earnings for each year of scheme membership.

    The EPA portion of your pension can be claimed a number of years before your alpha NPA without an early payment reduction depending on the EPA option you have selected

    Although you are an active member of alpha, your main alpha pension will only attract annual increases whilst you are contributing to the EPA.

    Further information about EPA can be found in the alpha scheme guide

    Do you have questions not answered on this page?

    View your scheme guide

    We strongly advise you check here first as they may answer lots of your questions before getting in contact with us.


    Scheme guides

     

    Retired or leaving the scheme?

    If you're due to retire or you're leaving the scheme, please follow the usual process. A full review of your record will take place at this point. You don't need to wait for a response from an ABS query.

    Get in touch

    For questions about your ABS not listed on this page, please get in touch using our Online Contact Form.

    Please contact your employer’s HR department or Shared Service Centre with any questions about your personal details, for example:

    • date of birth
    • National Insurance number
    • home or work address
    Published:
    8 December 2021
    Last updated:
    13 June 2024