In common with other public service pension schemes, the Civil Service pension scheme includes provisions for some or all of an individual’s occupational pension benefits to be forfeited if they are convicted of certain serious crimes relating to their Civil Service employment. Crimes considered serious enough to potentially result in forfeiture of pension are:
In considering whether and, if so, to what extent an individual’s Civil Service pension should be forfeited, consideration is given to the following:
When a civil servant has been convicted of a crime serious enough to warrant consideration of forfeiture, it is the responsibility of that individual’s employing department to raise this with the Cabinet Office. It would normally be a Minister of the employing department who would provide the certification for the seriousness of the offence if necessary.