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2022


05 January 2022   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 2022 (PDF, 267KB) - opens in new window -.


2021


16 December 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 beyond 31 December 2021. Rather than setting a new deadline Cabinet Office have stated they will give at least 3 months notice of the new CSCS terms coming in to effect.

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 - page.


05 October 2021   Information for members that have exceeded the 2020-21 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 2020-21 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 2022, 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.


28 June 2021   2021 Annual Benefit Statements

JSS expect to start issuing the 2021 Annual Benefit Statements during July and August.

We will provide further updates on our website 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 .


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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