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During the current Covid-19 crisis lockdown the office in Belfast that collects our post is closed. If you have sent any post there (our freepost address) since this latest lockdown started please contact the Membership Secretary Roisin Lilley on 028 90658513.

Late Payment of May 2021 Pensions


Civil Service Pension Branch contacted the NI Branch of the Civil Service Pensioners' Alliance (CSPA) on Friday 28 May 2021 to advise us that there would be a delay relating to this month's pension payments. We have been advised that this was due to an error by the system providers. 

      Pensions which were due on Friday 28th May will now be paid on Tues 1st June 2021.          

        The Department of Finance apologised for this administrative error and have assured us that a full investigation will be conducted into how this mistake occurred.  

         We will of course keep members updated on developments. 


Annual Membership Renewal

Members who do not pay directly from their Civil Service pension or by Standing Order would normally have received a letter at the start of the new year advising them that their annual subscription was due (£15 single membership). Unfortunately, as stated above, the office where our mail is normally collected, and issued from, is closed due the current lockdown. Whilst we had delayed issuing letters because of this, renewal letters have now issued to annual members seeking payment of their annual subscription. If for any reason you did not receive one please contact the Membership Secretary, Roisin Lilley using the details above or below: 

Membership Secretary at the following e mail

address: [email protected]

or phoning her at the number above.


If members have queries on matters apart from their membership please contact the Hon. Sec. Jim Lilley on 028-90658503 or at the following e mail address: [email protected]  

Covid 19

Although many of the coronavirus restrictions have eased, some regulations remain in place to help stop the spread of Covid -19. The public are advised to continue to protect themselves and others by following public health advice. 

 The current regulations are available on the Department of Health Website.


By now, most of our members should have received both vaccinations. Indeed many of your family and friends will have received their first vaccination jab. Whilst this will hopefully bring some relief we would urge you to continue to follow the health advice still in place. 

We understand that some members may be feeling concerned. The situation is very changeable and we advise all members, their family and friends, to keep themselves informed by listening to the news and checking the regularly updated Government and NHS guidance, which can be found at these links:

It is most important to look after your health and those around you. The basic way you can do this is to wash your hands regularly, avoid touching your face, especially your mouth, nose or eyes and if you cough or sneeze cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or with your elbow. Throw the tissue away in a bin immediately.


If you feel unwell with the symptoms of the virus, which are similar to flu, NHS England advises that you DO NOT go to the GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital, but instead call telephone number 111

Getting help in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland

Scotland: call your GP surgery or call 111 if your surgery is not open

Wales: call 111 (if available in your area) or call 0845 46 47


Northern Ireland: call 0300 200 7885


Alternatively go online to the 111 Corona virus service here: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 

Following government advice CSPA Head Office will be closed once again during the latest lockdown

·       A notice on the website and a message on the answerphone

Staff who are able to, and for whom it is practical, will work from home. However, a considerably reduced service will be in operation, e.g.; no newsletters or circulars will be issued and application forms for membership will not be processed (not an exhaustive list). Please note application forms for membership of the Northern Ireland Branch are being processed.

Our objective is to maintain and improve the purchasing power of all pensions from Civil Service related schemes.

Outline plan for Headquarters Office Closure

CSPA Head Office is closed again

If we have enough fit and healthy staff, we will try as far as possible, to provide a basic service to members. This will take the following form:

·       A notice on the website and a message on the answerphone · A request to those contacting us to defer non urgent requests· For requests deemed urgent the work mobile numbers of the General Secretary, Deputy General Secretary and Assistant General Secretary, will be provided Staff who are able to, and for whom it is practical, will work from home. However, a considerably reduced service will be in operation, e.g.; no newsletters or circulars will be issued and application forms for membership will not be processed (not an exhaustive list)

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