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Pension reform

This page will be updated regularly as information is available to us.

These pages give you specific information regarding reform of the RCPS and associated scheme administration changes.

Here is a summary of the key points:

The Public Service Pension Act 2013 requires all public sector pension schemes to reform by:

  • Introducing new pension schemes based on career average earnings
  • Aligning new scheme pension ages with the State Pension Age

In addition to this, Government policy is for by-analogy schemes to move in to the scheme which they are 'by analogy' to.

The RCPS is by analogy to the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS). Cabinet Office, the department responsible for the Civil Service pension arrangements, introduced a new reformed scheme called Alpha in April 2015.

MyCSP are the scheme administrator for the Civil Service pension arrangements.

Originally members eligible for enrolment into Alpha were those that had more than 10 years to their scheme pension age as 1 April 2012. Members with less than 10 years were protected and so not enrolled into Alpha. However this was challenged through the Courts who judged that this discriminated against some people based on their age (McCloud case) and now needs to be resolved.

The expectation is that all members of reformed schemes may be moved in to their new 2015 scheme in April 2022.

MyCSP have published details on their website about this McCloud judgement - external link.

More details about the ruling and other news items can be read on the Engagement page.

It is anticipated that no changes will be made within the RCPS, or to RCPS members’ pension arrangements, before 1 April 2022 at the earliest and that in the meantime JSS will continue to administer the RCPS on an ‘as is’ basis until further notice.

It is important to note that the McCloud ‘age discrimination’ issue did not affect any RCPS members because the RCPS did not introduce a reformed scheme in 2015. The RCPS has not changed since Nuvos was introduced in 2007.

We will add new and updated information to these pages as we progress through the implementation of the reform changes.

If you have any questions regarding pension reform, please email them to: .

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