This section of the website provides information for those receiving a pension (pensioners), or for people drawing a survivor pension and/or child allowance, as a widow, widower, surviving partner or dependant child of a member (Dependants).

The HSC Pension Service has produced the latest issue of the pensioner newsletter:

National Fraud Initiative

HSC Pension Service has a duty to protect the public funds which it administers and is required by the Northern Ireland Audit Office to participate in an anti-fraud initiative called the National Fraud Initiative.  To this end the data you have provided to enable your pension or other entitlements to be paid correctly may be used for the prevention and detection of fraud. HSC Pension Service may also share this information for this purpose with other public bodies who administer public funds. Further information is available on the Northern Ireland Audit Office website at:

www.niauditoffice.gov.uk/index/national_fraud_initiative

In order to improve communication to our pensioners, HSC Pension Service has now implemented a NEW Text Messaging Service.

What do you get as a member?

This service will provide our pensioners with new and important updates on information relating to their pension.

Alongside this new service, HSC Pension Service will in future, release all Newsletters to our website with a prompt text to inform you when this available.

JOIN NOW!

If you wish to avail of this key service text: HSCPENSIONS to 67300

Note: This initial text message will incur a one off charge based on your network operator’s standard text message rate. However, all subsequent text messages sent from HSC Pension Service will be free of charge.

Already a member but want to unsubscribe:

To end your HSC Pension Service text alerts membership text STOP to 67300

“Information is held securely and is non-identifiable”

Contact us if you have any queries regarding this service on 02871 319111

The following Guide provides detailed information and guidance for Pensioners (and their Dependants) who retired after 1 April 2008.

Change of Circumstances

Please inform us of any changes to any of the following details:

  • Address
  • Bank or building society account
  • Name or marital status
  • Beneficiaries
  • Re-employment

We would need to know as far as possible in advance of the next payment date. Usually we would stop inputting changes onto our payroll system approximately two weeks before the stated payday.

We can only accept changes of bank or building society details in writing and your normal signature will be required to authenticate the change.

Please remember to quote your pension reference number or your national insurance number on all correspondence, to enable us to trace you on our payroll system.

Pension Increase

Public service pensions will be increased by a maximum of 2.4% from 8 April 2019 in line with the September-to-September increase in the Consumer Prices Index (CPI).

For further information please click on the relevant link below:

Pensioners

Dependants

Different rules and benefits apply to pensioners (and therefore their dependants) depending on whether they retired (or died) on or before 1 April 2008, or after this date.

Pre 1 April 2008 Retirements

If you were drawing an HSC Pension on or before 31 March 2008, the changes to the HSC Pension Scheme effective from 1 April 2008 do not affect you, or the entitlements of any dependants’ you may have. The same rules and benefits will continue to apply to your pension as those described in the booklet ‘A guide for pensioners and their dependants’ that you were given when you retired.

Post 1 April 2008 Retirements

Spouses or partners of deceased Pension Scheme members who retired after 1 April 2008 will continue to receive benefits for life, regardless of whether they remarry or enter into another qualifying partnership.

These changes will not apply to those people who are already receiving a pension from the scheme at 31 March 2008.

Re-Employment

Many of our pensioners take up other employment after their original retirement from work. This may be with the same employer, or with a different company or body.

It is important that you should contact us before doing so, as re-employment may have an impact upon the rate of your pension.

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