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2017


18 July 2017   Challenge to the Civil Service Compensation Scheme Consultation Process

The Civil Service have published their response to a recent judgment regarding the consultation process for the changes proposed to the Civil Service Compensation Scheme (CSCS) in February 2016; Civil Service Compensation Scheme - A message from John Manzoni (PDF, 24KB) - opens in new window -

The judgment found that the Government didn't fully meet it's requirement to consult with a view to reaching agreement on the changes to the scheme. The new CSCS was introduced on 9 November 2016.

It is not clear how this may affect staff that left on the CSCS terms introduced in November 2016. JSS will monitor this and write to members appropriately. In the meantime employees currently proceeding through an exit process (voluntary or compulsory exit) should speak with their employer regarding any questions they have about the terms of their departure.

(Please note: Do not contact MyCSP as suggested in the Cabinet Office document as this is only appropriate for members of the Civil Service pension scheme arrangements)

JSS will publish more news as this progresses.


20 June 2017   Pension update Session Live Recording

JSS have been visiting organisations and delivering Pension Update Sessions to members and staff. The session on 20 June was recorded and a link to this recording can be found on the Engagement page.


11 May 2017   2017 Annual Benefit Statements

The production of the 2017 Annual Benefit Statements is anticipated to commence from the beginning of July.

Your benefit statement gives you important information about your pension and associated benefits, please keep it in a safe place. Our default despatch method is to your work email address, and we will post statements to members that we do not have an email address for.

Benefit statements are password protected and your password is the numbers from your National Insurance (NI) number. For example, if your NI number is AB123456C, then your password will be 123456: do not include the letters.

If you have a query with the pension information contained within your statement, please reply to

If you want to change your personal details - name, address, etc - please email

If you need to change your Death Benefit Nomination, please download the form on the death benefit page and send it to us.


23 March 2017   2017 Pensions Increase

As of April 2017 there will be an increase of 1% applied to Public Service Pensions.

Please read the 2017 Pensions Increase News item (PDF, 91KB) - opens in new window - for more information


15 March 2017   Update on Pension Scheme Reform

A further update on RCPS reform (PDF, 150KB) - opens in new window - has now been published.

This update contains details regarding the future of the RCPS and associated administration changes.

These changes are expected to be implemented in April 2018.


23 February 2017   Lifetime Allowance

This is a reminder that the deadline for applying for Individual Protection is 5 April 2017.

Further details can be found on the Protect your Lifetime Allowance - external link page of the Government website.


20 January 2017   2017 Member Contribution Rates

With effect from April 2017 some of the salary bands on which Pension contributions are based will be increased in line with inflation, and in line with changes to the PCSPS employee contribution tables.

Further details can be found in the 2017 member contribution rates (PDF, 141KB) - opens in new window - document.

2016


1 December 2016   Participation in the 2016 anti-fraud initiative

JSS is required to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for; auditing, or administering public funds, or where undertaking a public function, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. This is usually personal information. Computerised data matching allows fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may indicate that there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.

We intend to participate in the National Fraud Initiative (NFI) data matching exercise carried out by the Cabinet Office. Our participation in NFI will assist in the prevention and detection of fraud against JSS and organisations within the public sector. We will participate on a voluntary basis and provide the Minister for the Cabinet Office with particular sets of data for matching as detailed on the National Fraud Initiative - external link web page.

The use of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998. Data matching by the Cabinet Office is subject to a Code of Practice - external link

The Cabinet Office's legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information - external link provides further information.

For more information on data matching at JSS, please contact


8 November 2016   Update on Civil Service Compensation Scheme reforms

Cabinet Office have announced the changes to the Civil Service Compensation Scheme that will come into effect on 9  November 2016. Please read The Civil Service Compensation Scheme update (PDF, 116KB) - opens in new window - for further information.


13 October 2016   Update on Pension Scheme Reform

A further update on pension scheme reform (PDF, 100KB) - opens in new window - has now been published.

This update contains details regarding the future of the RCPS and associated administration changes.

These changes are expected to be implemented by April 2018.


28 September 2016   Civil Service Compensation Scheme Reform

The Government has published its response to the consultation on the reform of the Civil Service Compensation Scheme (CSCS) and has made a formal offer to the Trade Unions. The document Civil Service Compensation Scheme Reform (PDF, 110KB) - opens in new window - outlines the key features of the offer made to the Trade Unions by the Government.

Further information can be found in the documents below:


9 June 2016   Update on Pension Scheme Reform

A further update on pension scheme reform (PDF, 112KB) - opens in new window - has now been published. This update expands on some of the questions raised since our last communication on 6 January 2016.


27 April 2016   2016 Annual Benefit Statements

The production of the 2016 Annual Benefit Statements is anticipated to commence from the beginning of July.

Your benefit statement gives you important information about your pension and associated benefits, please keep it in a safe place. Our default despatch method is to your work email address, and we will post statements to members that we do not have an email address for.

Benefit statements are password protected and your password is the numbers from your National Insurance (NI) number. For example, if your NI number is AB123456C, then your password will be 123456: do not include the letters.

If you have a query with the pension information contained within your statement, please reply to

If you want to change your personal details - name, address, etc - please email

If you need to change your Death Benefit Nomination, please download the form on the death benefit page and send it to us.


15 April 2016   2016 Changes to the Lifetime allowance for pension savings

The Lifetime Allowance for pension savings decreased from £1·25 million to £1 million in April 2016. People affected by this are likely to be those in Premium or Nuvos with a pension that will be above £50,000 p.a. or anyone in Classic with a pension above £43,500 p.a. A test against the Lifetime Allowance is triggered when your pension benefits are accessed (put in to pay).

Please read the document Changes to the Lifetime Allowance for pension savings from April 2016 (PDF, 114KB) - opens in new window - for more information, which also outlines the protection HMRC have offered for anyone affected by the Lifetime Allowance limit.


22 March 2016   2016 Pensions Increase

As of April 2016 there will be no increase applied to Public Service Pensions

Please read the 2016 Penions Increase News Item (PDF, 92KB) - opens in new window - for more information.


17 February 2016   Changes to the Annual Allowance 2016

A number of changes have been made to the Annual Allowance. These changes include:

  • Aligning pension input periods from 6 April 2016
  • The introduction of transitional rules to protect some pension savings from 8 July 2016
  • The tapering of the Annual Allowance for incomes over £150,000 from 6 April 2016

Further information is included in the Changes to the Annual Allowance 2016 (PDF, 111KB) - opens in new window - document.


10 February 2016   2016 Member Contribution Rates

With effect from April 2016 member contribution rates are changing.

Further details can be found in the 2016 member contribution rates (PDF, 100KB) - opens in new window - document.


18 January 2016   Added Pension year end deadline

Members in classic, classic plus, premium and nuvos may choose to buy added pension to top up their pension benefits. Members interested in making a one-off lump sum contribution into the current scheme year have until 19 February 2016 to submit their application to JSS.

Please read the Added Pension Reminder 2016 (PDF, 101KB) - opens in new window - for more information.


6 January 2016   Pension Reform Update

Many of you will have read previous updates from JSS about the reform of the Research Council's Pension Scheme. At present it has still not been decided whether the RCPS will continue as a separate scheme implementing its own reforms or whether it will move in to the Civil Service pension arrangements and be reformed under their pension schemes. These remain the two possibilities for the RCPS.

HM Treasury have been working with the relevant Government departments to establish the mechanisms needed to enable the RCPS to transfer to the Civil Service pension arrangements. This is taking them a considerable length of time which is why we haven't been able to tell you what the future looks like for the RCPS. JSS have also been dealing with HM Treasury and BIS and are expecting to work towards a reform date of April 2017, where either the RCPS will implement its own reforms or will move all members to the Civil Service arrangements. The absolute deadline for reform of the scheme is April 2018.

"Reform" means eligible members moving in to a new career average earning pension scheme that is aligned to the state pension age; this is a requirement of the Public Service Pension Act 2013. The Civil Service reformed their pension arrangement by implementing a new scheme in April 2015, called Alpha. If the RCPS continues then we would expect to mirror the Alpha arrangements. Alpha is very similar to the current RCPS default scheme, Nuvos, in that it is based on pensionable earnings but with a slightly higher accrual rate of 2.32% (Nuvos is 2.3%) and has a scheme pension age identical to the state pension age (Nuvos pension age is 65).

Anyone that was in the RCPS and had less than 10 years to their scheme pension age (60 for Classic, Premium and Classic Plus, 65 for Nuvos) as at 1 April 2012 is protected from moving in to a reformed scheme. Members with more than 10 years and less than 13.5 years to their scheme pension age will move in to the reformed scheme between the date of reform and 2022 latest. Those members with more than 13.5 years to their scheme pension age will be enrolled to the new scheme when the reforms are implemented, earliest April 2017, latest April 2018.

We will update you on the future of the scheme and what it means to members as soon we have more information to share.

2015


4 November 2015   April 2016: End of Contracting Out - Increased National Insurance (NI)

If you are a member of the RCPS, the amount you pay in National Insurance each month will increase from April 2016.

Most Defined Benefit pension schemes are contracted out of the current State Second Pension, the RCPS is one of these schemes.

Due to this 'contracting out', employers and members currently pay a discounted National Insurance contribution on earnings between certain levels. A new single State Pension is being introduced on 6 April 2016 which means 'contracting out' ends and therefore NI contributions will rise for those members affected. The paper April 2016: The End of Contracting Out (PDF, 77KB) details the levels that are changing and what these changes mean for members of such schemes.

We have provided a simple NI increases calculator (Excel, 20KB) which members can use to estimate the amount of extra NI they will pay from 6 April 2016.


15 September 2015   Important news for JSS pensioners

JSS have been made aware of an on-going issue that might affect some of our pensioners regarding the tax they paid in the 2013-14 tax year. if you have a query regarding the tax on your RCPS pension, please contact the HMRC tax office on 0300 200 3300 or contact UK SBS Ltd on 01793 867003 for further information. If you do call, please have your National Insurance number or Payroll number ready to enable them to quickly retrieve your records.


9 September 2015   Taking a small pension as a cash lump sum

From 6 April 2015 new rules have been introduced to enable members to take a small pension as a cash lump sum.

Details regarding this change can be found in the document Trivial Commutation (PDF, 52KB).


9 September 2015   New Partnership employer rates

With effect from 1 October 2015 the employer contribution rates for the Partnership Pension scheme are changing.

Details regarding this change can be found in the document New Partnership employer rates (PDF, 50KB).


26 June 2015   Update on the future of the RCPS

Further to the news item of 30 April 2015, we must advise that discussions with HM Treasury are still on-going and that no further information has been received. An update will be published as soon as a decision has been made and this is expected to be around late July, early August. The ultimate deadline for reform of the pension scheme is still 31 March 2018.


20 May 2015   Restrictions to transfers out of the RCPS to Defined Contribution (DC) pension arrangements

Further to the news item posted on 3 March 2015, confirmation has now been received that the restrictions on transfers of RCPS pension benefits to Defined Contribution (DC) pension arrangements do not apply to members leaving without qualifying for preserved benefits.


14 May 2015   2015 Annual Benefit Statements

The production of the 2015 Annual Benefit Statements is anticipated to commence from 30 June and should be completed within 2 weeks of this date. This is dependent on data received from employers.

Your benefit statement gives you important information for your pension and associated benefits, please keep it in a safe place. Our default despatch method is email, and we will post statements to members that we do not have an email address for.

Benefit statements are password protected and your password is the numbers from your National Insurance (NI) number. For example, if your NI number is AB123456C, then your password will be 123456: do not include the letters.

If you have a query with the information contained within your statement, please reply to

If you want to change your personal details - name, address, etc - please email

If you need to change your Death Benefit Nomination, please download the form on the death benefit page and send it to us.


30 April 2015   Update on the future of the RCPS

Further to the news item of 29 January 2015, we must advise that discussions with HM Treasury are still on-going. An update will be published as soon as a decision has been made. In the meantime, the RCPS continues 'as is' with the revised employee contribution rates being implemented from April 2015 (as detailed in the news item of 3 March 2015). The ultimate deadline for reform of the pension scheme is 31 March 2018.


25 March 2015   Changes to the Lifetime Allowance for pension savings from April 2016

The Government announced at Budget 2015 that it will reduce the Lifetime Allowance for pension savings from £1.25 million to £1 million from April 2016.

Details regarding this can be found in the document Changes to the Lifetime Allowance for pension savings from April 2016 (PDF, 86KB).


3 March 2015   Pensions Reform - April 2015 Change to employee contribution rates

On 1 April 2015 new employee contribution rates and the way that the contribution bands are calculated will come into effect. This is in line with changes introduced in the PCSPS. Details of how this will affect members can be found in the document below:

Notice of Changes to Employee Pension Contributions (PDF, 85KB)

A simple tool which will help members to check the impact of the changes can be assessed from the link below:

Employee contribution change calculator 2015 (Excel, 25KB)


3 March 2015   Restrictions to transfers out of the RCPS to Defined Contribution (DC) pension arrangements

Under new Government legislation coming in to effect on 6 April 2015, members of the RCPS will not be permitted to transfer their RCPS pension benefits to a Defined Contribution (DC) pension arrangement. The deadline for transfers out of the RCPS to DC pension schemes is 5 April 2015; fully completed discharge / transfer forms must be received by JSS by this date to enable the transfer to proceed. For transfers out already in progress, that may be affected by this change, JSS will be contacting members and their pension administrators.

Transfers normally take 2-3 months to complete and are instigated by the member contacting their current pension provider who will then write to JSS to request a transfer value. It is important to note that a request for a transfer made prior to 5 April 2015 does not guarantee that the transfer will go ahead - the request for a transfer is only the first stage in the process. In order to guarantee that a transfer to a DC scheme can proceed fully, a completed discharge / transfer form must be received by JSS by 5 April 2015 at the very latest. Scanned copies of the forms can also be returned by e-mail to: to arrive by close of play on the 5 April 2015 deadline. Transfers to DC schemes will not be possible for forms received after this date.

Your current pension provider will be able to tell you what scheme you are in if you are unsure.

Transfers out of the RCPS to Defined Benefit pension schemes are not affected.

If you have less than 2 years' service or are looking to transfer your pension overseas, please contact us because these restrictions may not apply.


23 February 2015   Changes to the Defined Contribution pension arrangements

The Cabinet Office has published a Consultation response regarding changes to Defined Contribution arrangements in the Civil Service Pension Scheme (PDF, 345KB) - opens in new window - which applies to members of the RCPS with Scottish Widows or Standard Life AVC's, or individuals with Partnership pension account arrangements.

The consultation response document summarises the responses received and the Cabinet Office's decisions about the changes detailed in the consultation

The key changes to the Partnership pension account are as follows:

  • No introduction of the proposed mandatory employee contribution.
  • Retention of 3 times salary death benefits, with the contribution rate for oldest members reduced to make the change cost-neutral.
  • A delay in implementation of the changes from April 2015 to October 2015.

Further information regarding the consultation can be found in our news item published on 13 October 2014, Consultation on changes to Defined Contribution arrangements.


29 January 2015   Update on the future of the RCPS

We have published a further update on the future of the RCPS (PDF, 98KB) - opens in new window - that expands on some of the questions raised in our last update. In this update we focus on 1 April 2015 and what happens on that date as well as sharing some details about the possible reforms and potential changes to employee contribution rates. If you have any further questions, please contact us. We will share more news as we move through the next few months.


23 January 2015   Added Pension year end deadline

Members who are interested in commencing a new periodical Added Pension contract or amending the level of their current contracts have until 20 March 2015 to submit their application to JSS. Members interested in making a one-off lump sum contribution in the current scheme year have until 20 February 2015 to submit their application, payments by cheque must be received by JSS before 20 March 2015 to allow enough time for the payment to clear in the current scheme year. Further information calculators and application forms can be found on the increasing benefits page.

Please read the Added Pension Reminder (PDF, 106KB) - opens in new window - for more information.

2014


3 November 2014   Participation in the 2014 anti-fraud initiative

JSS are required by law to protect the public funds we administer. To do this we take part in the Audit Commissions's anti-fraud initiative. The purpose of this notice is to advise our pensioner members that JSS may share information provided to them with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

The Audit Commission appoints the auditor to audit the accounts of JSS. It is also responsible for carrying out data matching exercises.

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. This is usually personal information. Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may indicate that there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.

The Audit Commission currently requires us to participate in a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Audit Commission for matching for each exercise, and these are set out in the Audit Commission's guidance - external link.

The use of data by the Audit Commission in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under its powers in Part 2A of the Audit Commission Act 1998. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Data matching by the Audit Commission is subject to a Code of Practice - external link.

For further information on the Audit Commission's legal powers and the reasons why it matches particular information, see their fair processing notice - external link. For further information on data matching at JSS, email .


20 October 2014   Update on the future of the RCPS

We have published an update on the future of the RCPS (PDF, 99KB) - opens in new window, that gives members and employers some answers to the questions they may have about potential changes facing the scheme. We appreciate that you may have further questions, so please contact us if there is something important you need to know or ask. We will share more news with you as we progress through the reform process.


13 October 2014   Consultation on changes to Defined Contribution arrangements

The Cabinet Office have published a Consultation on proposed changes to the Defined Contribution arrangements effective from April 2015 (PDF, 466KB) - opens in new window.

The changes affect the following arrangements:

  • Partnership pension accounts.
  • Ill-health benefits for members of Partnership.
  • Death benefits for members of Partnership.
  • Additional Voluntary Contribution (AVC) scheme (but not Added Pension or Added Years benefits).
  • Stand-alone Stakeholder Pension arrangements.

The consultation does not affect the arrangement for members in Classic, Classic Plus, Premium or Nuvos.

The Cabinet Office will be accepting responses until Monday 3 November 2014.


9 October 2014   Annual Allowance Statements

JSS have a statutory requirement to issue Pension Savings Statement to any members that exceed the Annual Allowance limit. A very small number of members were affected by this and they have been sent Pension Saving Statements; these were sent out on 6 October 2014.

We have added a new page to our website - pensions and tax - where we provide some general information on Annual Allowance and Lifetime Allowance tax limits.

If you haven't received a Pension Savings Statement it is because our records and calculations do not indicate you are close to or have exceeded the limit. However, if you think you may need one, please email to request one.


2 October 2014   Important News for JSS Pensioners

JSS have been made aware of an issue that might affect some of our pensioners regarding the tax they paid in the 2013-14 tax year. JSS would like to assure our pensioners that our payroll provider, UK SBS Ltd, are currently working with HMRC to resolve the situation. In the meantime, if you have a query regarding the tax on your RCPS pension, please contact the HMRC tax office on 0300 200 3300 or contact UK SBS Ltd on 01793 867003 for further information. If you do call, please have your National Insurance number or Payroll number ready to enable them to quickly retreive your records.


4 August 2014   Partial Retirement Reminder

We have published a brief document, Partial Retirement Reminder for Employers 2014 (PDF, 103KB) - opens in new window, that gives employers an insight into partial retirement. It includes some of the key points that they need to be aware of, along with an overview of the process. This complements the information already available on the partial retirement page.


23 June 2014   2014 Annual Benefit Statements

The production of 2014 Annual Benefit Statements is anticipated to commence within two weeks of 30 June 2014. Your benefit statement gives you important information for your pension and associated benefits, please keep it in a safe place. They will be emailed to your work address if we have one, and for those that do not have a work email address we will post your statement to you.

Benefit Statements are password protected and your password is the numbers from your National Insurance (NI) number. For example if your NI number was AB123456C then your password would be 123456; do not include the letters.

If when you receive your statement you have a query with the information contained, please reply to .

If you want to change your personal details - name, address, etc - please email .

If you need to change your Death Benefit Nomination please download the form on the death benefit page and send it in to us.


21 February 2014   Lifetime Allowances limits are changing from 6 April 2014

HMRC are reducing the Lifetime Allowance limit which determines how much pension an individual can accrue in their lifetime before having to pay a tax charge. HMRC have already reduced this from £1.8m to £1.5m in 2012. On 6 April 2014 it will be further reduced to £1.25m. As with previous reductions, HMRC are offering people the opportunity to apply for protection. Please read the Lifetime Allowance Changes announcement (PDF, 112KB) - opens in new window - for more information.


30 January 2014   Added pension year end deadline

Members who are interested in commencing a new periodical added pension contract or amending the level of their current contracts have until 14 March 2014 to submit their application to JSS. Members interested in making a one-off lump sum contribution in the current scheme year have until 21 February to submit their application, payments by cheque must be received by JSS before 19 March to allow enough time for the payment to clear in the current scheme year. Further information calculators and application forms can be found on the increasing benefits page.

The limits that members can buy in Added Pension have also changed. Please read the Added Pension Reminder (PDF, 106KB) - opens in new window - for more information.

2013


December 2013   Pensions Reform - Increased contribution update

The Government have confirmed the proposed pension contributions increase. Details of how the increase will affect members can be found in the document below.

December 2013 Notice of Increased Employee Pension Contributions (PDF, 102KB) - opens in new window


November 2013   Pensions Reform - Proposed increase in contributions

The Government has recently announced the third consecutive employee pension contribution increases as proposed by the Cabinet Office. These are due to be implemented in April 2014 and follow increases in April 2012 and April 2013. The proposal is to increase employee pension contributions by 0.6% for those with pensionable full time equivalent earnings of above £21,000. For those earning up to £15,000 there will be no increase and for those earning £15,001 - £21,000 an increase of 0.3% is proposed.

More information on these proposals are provided in the document below:

November 2013 Proposed Increase in Employee Pension Contributions (PDF, 78KB) - opens in new window


January 2013   Pensions Reform - April 2013 increased contribution update

The Government have issued their latest guidance in respect of the April 2013 increase to employee pension contributions, as per the scheduled increase to total member contributions of an average of 3.2% over the three years from April 2012. Guidance on the latest increase is detailed in the document below.

January 2013 Notice of Increased Employee Pension Contributions (PDF, 94KB)

2012


October 2012   Public Service Pensions Bill 2012-13

The public service pensions bill was published on 13 September 2012 which is currently at the first stage of reading.

Discussions have commenced for the treatment of by-analogy schemes, with one option being that they are closed and all members entered into the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme.

An initial meeting has been arranged with treasury for November 2012 to discuss the options available for the research Councils' Pension Scheme (RCPS) and its membership. This will then be discussed at the RCPS management board meeting scheduled for late November. All members will be given an update as soon as future pension scheme arrangements become clearer.


April 2012   2015 Pensions Reform - Proposed Final Agreement slideshow

As stated below, discussions have been concluded regarding a new pension scheme that will be introduced from April 2015. The Civil Service has issued a slideshow explaining why there is a need for change.

Please find a link to the slideshow below and a link to the latest Q & A document and a pensions calculator for the new 2015 scheme. This has been created to allow staff to input their details and see what impact the proposals contained in the 9 March Proposed Final Agreement will have on their pension benefits, and how much they might pay from 2015.

Slideshow (PDF, 1.1MB) - opens in new window

2015 Pensions Reform - Q & A and Calculator - external link


April 2012   2015 Pensions Reform - Proposed Final Agreement

The Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude has announced that discussions have now concluded with the Civil Service unions on details for a new Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme to be introduced from 2015.

Heads of Agreement on the main elements of scheme design were reached on 20 December last year and since then intensive discussions have taken place between the Cabinet Office and Civil Service trades unions on the remaining details. Union leaders have now been asked to put the details of this new scheme to their members.

Please find below a link to the Civil Service web site. Please note that when reading the Q & A document, where there is reference to the Civil Service, as the RCPS is a 'by-analogy' scheme this relates to our scheme.

2015 Pensions Reform - Proposed Final Agreement - external link