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24 March 2021   Civil Service Compensation Scheme Update

A further update on the Civil Service Compensation Scheme (CSCS) has been shared by the Cabinet Office.

The deadline for signing up to exits under the Civil Service Compensation Scheme 2010 terms has been extended to 31 December 2021. Prior to this the deadline was 31 March 2021.

Staff signing up to an exit under the 2010 terms would need to leave within normal notice periods.

This date is subject to change during the consultation exercise.

Further information can be found on the Civil Service Compensation Scheme: Information for employers - external link - website.


9 March 2021   Government consultation on increasing minimum pension age to 57

The government has launched its consultation on Increasing the normal minimum pension age - external link -.

The normal minimum pension age is the minimum age at which most pension savers can access their pensions without incurring an unauthorised payments tax charge.

The consultation sets out the government’s intention to increase the normal minimum pension age (from 55) to 57 on 6 April 2028 and seeks views on the implementation of the rise and protections for pension scheme members. It also contains information on how responses can be submitted.

The consultation will run until 22 April 2021.


25 February 2021   Employee Contributions Rates from 1 April 2021

The employee contribution rates from 1 April 2021 have now been published, the Joining the Scheme page has been updated with these new rates.

The rates themselves are not changing and the annualised earning thresholds have been adjusted. The Employer contribution rates remain at 26.0%.


25 February 2021   RCPS Reform Update - continuation to 2024/25

On the 28 July 2020 we told you about the government's consultation on the proposed changes to remedy the McCloud age discrimination issue. The government have published the outcome of the consultation - external link - explaining what changes will be made.

This leaflet - external link - provides a brief summary including the options some scheme members may have.

Due to the complexity of the work involved it is unlikely that the RCPS will be in a position to move into the Civil Service Pension Scheme for some time, possibly until around 2024/25. In the meantime JSS will continue as is and members will remain in the RCPS and pensions continued to be paid by JSS.

Some RCPS members have asked how the McCloud changes affect them. If you have only ever been in the RCPS then the changes have no impact whatsoever on the pension you have accrued or continue to accrue while you remain in the RCPS. This is because the RCPS has not reformed and therefore no members are exposed to the McCloud issue. But, if you were a member of one of the reformed public pension schemes from 2012 to 2015 the changes could affect the pension you accrued in that scheme. You should contact the appropriate scheme administrator for further information.


24 February 2021   Cyber security incident with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

You may have seen press coverage of a cyber security incident with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). JSS are part of UKRI and use UKRI systems and infrastructure.

UKRI published information about this on 29 January 2021 and 17 February 2021 as well as informing the Information Commissioners Office, the National Cyber Security Centre and the National Crime Agency.

Please see the statement in response to the IT incident - external link - for more information.

Following a comprehensive investigation, we can confirm that there is no evidence that any pension member data was accessed or taken as part of the incident. There is also no evidence that data relating to pensions administered by JSS or other personal information held by JSS was compromised in any way. JSS continue to be committed to treating our members data at all times with appropriate confidentiality in accordance with the GDPR.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you to be vigilant of scams, especially those related to pensions. We have some useful information on our Scams and Fraud page.

If you have any questions about this please contact our Data Protection Officer .


25 January 2021   2021 Pension Increase

For the year beginning 12 April 2021 there will be an increase based on CPI as at September 2020 of up to 0.5%.

Pensions are reviewed annually in line with Treasury Orders. This review is called the annual Pension Increase (or PI).

The Treasury Order takes account of the previous September's Consumer Prices Index (CPI) figure to determine what the adjustment will be, for information, the CPI for the previous years were:

  • Year beginning 06 April 2020 an increase of 1.7%
  • Year beginning 08 April 2019 an increase of 2.4%

The Pensioners page on the JSS website has been updated to show the 2021 pension increase.


08 January 2021   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 can find more information in the Added Pension Reminder 2021 (PDF, 309KB) - opens in new window -.


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11 November 2020   Brexit – Have you been told your UK bank account is closing?

If you live outside the UK and have a UK bank account, you may have been told by your bank that the account will need to close by the end 31 December 2020 due to Brexit changes resulting in some British banks no longer being able to offer accounts to expats living in Europe.

Regulations require banks to give customers at least 2 months notice of the account closure so you should have been informed by now. If you have not and are concerned you should speak to your bank.

Pensions administered by JSS can be paid to most overseas bank accounts. The pension is paid in Sterling and converted to the local currency, some banks will charge a fee for this.

If you have been informed that your UK bank account is closing you should set up a new account that can accept payments of your pension and then provide the new details to JSS. A new account could be with a local bank or a UK bank that operates in your country.

Requests to change bank details must be sent to JSS in writing with full details of the information necessary to facilitate an international payment.

The Money Advice Service - external link - provides more information about Brexit and pensions, including the State Pension.


21 October 2020   Information for members that have exceeded the 2019-20 Annual Allowance

JSS have issued all Annual Benefit Statements as well as Pension Saving Statements (PSS). A PSS would have been included in your Annual Benefit Statement if you have exceeded the Annual Allowance - external link - for 2019-20 or requested one.

Those members that have exceeded the Annual Allowance and have insufficient carry over of unused allowance from previous years should take action:

  • They must tell HMRC through Self Assessment - external link - that they have exceeded the Annual Allowance, the deadline is 31 January 2021, and;
  • contact JSS if the tax is more than £2,000 as this could be paid through the Scheme Pays arrangement by reducing the pension scheme benefits.

There is also information on the Pensions and Tax page.


22 October 2020   2020 Annual Benefit Statements

JSS have now completed and sent out the 2020 Annual Benefit Statements.

Further information regarding your Statement and the important information it holds about your pension and associated benefits can be found on the Annual Benefit Statements page.

If you have not received your statement, please email .


29 July 2020   2020 Annual Benefit Statements

JSS have started to issue the 2020 Annual Benefit Statements, they will be going out from July to Sept.

All UKRI and UKSBS statements will be sent out in Sept.

Please note statements may be delayed due to disruption caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic, please only contact us if you have not received your statement by the end of September.

Your Annual Benefit Statement gives you important information about your pension and associated benefits. JSS do not produce copies of Annual Benefit Statements so please keep this document in a safe place.

Our default method is to send your Statement to your work email address. If we do not have an email address for you, we will post your Statement to your home address.

Your Statement is password protected with 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 or you would like to change your personal details, please email .


28 July 2020   RCPS Annual Accounts 2019-2020

The RCPS Annual Accounts for 2019-2020 were laid before Parliament on 21 July 2020 and have now been published online.

These accounts are made publicly available and can be viewed on the Annual Accounts page.


28 July 2020   RCPS Reform Update - Continuation until 2022

A Pension Reform Update (PDF, 130KB) has been published which shares information about a public service pension consultation and impact on the RCPS reform plan.


18 May 2020   Civil Service Compensation Scheme Update

A further update on the Civil Service Compensation Scheme (CSCS) has been shared by the Cabinet Office.

The deadline for signing up to exits under theCivil Service Compensation Scheme 2010 terms has been extended to 31 March 2021. Prior to this the deadline was 31 July 2020.

Staff signing up to an exit under the 2010 terms would need to leave within normal notice periods.

This date is subject to change during the consultation exercise.

Further information can be found on the Civil Service Compensation Scheme: Information for employers - external link.


06 May 2020   2020 Annual Benefit Statements

JSS expect to start issuing the 2020 Annual Benefit Statements in July and August.

Please note statements may be delayed due to disruption caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic, please only contact us if you have not received your statement by the end of August.

We will provide further updates on our website nearer the time if we anticipate any delays past August.

Your Annual Benefit Statement gives you important information about your pension and associated benefits, JSS do not produce copies of Annual Benefit Statements so please keep this document in a safe place.

Our default method is to send your Statement to your work email address. If we do not have an email address for you, we will post your Statement to your home address.

Your Statement is password protected with 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 or you would like to change your personal details, please email .


05 March 2020   Employee Contributions Rates from 1 April 2020

Following our news item of 29 January 2020 we can confirm the salary thresholds used to determine the contribution tier for the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. We can also confirm that from 1 April 2020 backdated pay awards will no longer be included when determining the contribution tier.

TheRCPS Employee Contribution Rates from April 2020 notice provides more information. This notice has also been sent to all employers.


02 March 2020   Civil Service Compensation Scheme Update

A further update on the Civil Service Compensation Scheme (CSCS) has been shared by the Cabinet Office.

The deadline for signing up to exits under the 2010 terms has been extended to 31 July 2020. Prior to this the deadline was 31 December 2019. Staff signing up to an exit under the 2010 terms would need to leave within normal notice periods.

This date is subject to change during the consultation exercise.

Further information can be found on the CSCS webpage for employers - external link.


26 February 2020   2020 Pension Increase

For the year beginning 6 April 2020 there will be an increase based on CPI as at September 2019 of up to 1.7%.

Pensions are reviewed annually in line with Treasury Orders. This review is called the annual Pension Increase (or PI).

The Treasury Order takes account of the previous September's Consumer Prices Index (CPI) figure to determine what the adjustment will be, for information, the CPI for the previous years were:

  • Year beginning 08 April 2019 an increase of 2.4%
  • Year beginning 09 April 2018 an increase of 3.00%

The Pensioners page on the JSS website has been updated to show the 2020 pension increase.


29 January 2020   Proposed Employee Contribution Rates from April 2020

Two proposals have been made to change employee (member) contributions from 01  April 2020. They are:

  • Changes to the salary thresholds used to determine the employee (member) contribution rate
  • Excluding backdated pay from the calculation used to determine the contribution tier

The Employee Contribution Rates from April 2020 (PDF, 156KB) - opens in new window - article provides more information.


07 January 2020   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 2020 to submit their application to JSS.

Please read the Added Pension Reminder 2020 (PDF, 125KB) - opens in new window -


06 January 2020   Civil Service Compensation Scheme Update

A further update on the Civil Service Compensation Scheme (CSCS) has been shared by the Cabinet Office.

The deadline for signing up to exits under the 2010 terms has been extended to 31 March 2020. Prior to this the deadline was 31 December 2019. Staff signing up to an exit under the 2010 terms would need to leave within normal notice periods.

This date is subject to change during the consultation exercise.

Further information can be found on the CSCS webpage for employers - external link.


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