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Single Scheme

The Single Public Service Pension Scheme (Single Scheme) started on 1 January 2013.

You are part of the Single Public Service Pension Scheme if you:

  • joined the public service for the first time since 1 January 2013
  • returned to the public service since 1 January 2013 on a new contract after a break of more than 26 weeks from a previous post

Non-urgent advice: Pension benefit statement

Moved address

If you have moved home address since your contract start date, you will need to update your address details on HR & Payroll Self Service (click on my addresses tile).

If HR & Payroll Self Service is not implemented in your region, complete the address section of the HR104 form (PDF, 208 KB, 3 pages) and email to your local HR department.

The rules of the Single Scheme are set out in the Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and Other Provisions) Act 2012.

The main provisions are:

  • career-average earnings, rather than final salary, used to calculate benefits
  • a pension and lump sum amount (‘referable amount’) accrue each year
  • minimum pension age for most members is linked to the state pension age. This is age 66 years currently, rising to 67 and 68 in line with state pension changes
  • compulsory retirement at age 70
  • pension increases are linked to the Consumer Price Index

Frequently asked questions relating to the Single Scheme (PDF, 664.6KB)

Watch what to expect from your Single Scheme Benefit Statement