How does my length of time out of service impact my pension?

If you return to pensionable service, then your Normal Pension age and whether you return to the final salary or career average scheme, will be dependent on the length of break in service you have had.

  • If you were a final salary member with a Normal Pension Age (NPA) of 60 and had a break in service of more than five years with a return date of on or after 1 January 2007, your NPA remains at 60 for the service before the break but is 65 for the service after the break.
  • Any period of less than 60 days qualifying service or 30 days reckonable service in any period of 365 days won’t be counted for the purposes of maintaining a Normal Pension Age of 60.
  • If you had a break of more than 5 years spanning 1 April 2015 you will have entered the career average scheme upon returning to pensionable service, unless pensionable service in another public service pension scheme meant you retained transitional protection.
  • Any members returning to pensionable service on or after 1 April 2022 will enter the career average scheme.
Last Updated: 01/04/2022 14:31


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