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LATEST UPDATE – Payroll Shared Service Centre

ARCO recently met with Department of Defence (DoD) officials to discuss the introduction of the Payroll Shared Service Centre (PSSC). At this meeting it was announced that the PSSC has been established and will assume responsibility for pension payments from this October.

ARCO members will be aware from previous postings that the PSSC, which is a Government initiative administered by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, aims to consolidate and integrate payrolls from the 18 payroll centres currently delivering this service to 53 Departments and Offices. All DoD payrolls – including those for retired military personnel in receipt of pensions – will now migrate to the PSSC.

DoD will write to all pensioners in September outlining how it proposes to manage the move and how it will impact on pensioners. DoD personnel directly involved in pension and salary payments will transfer to the PSSC but will remain based in Galway. The PSCC helpdesk will operate from Killarney and will deal with general pension queries for all public service pensioners. Galway will, however, continue to deal with queries in relation to what DoD terms ‘pension entitlements’.  Pensioners will have the opportunity of opting to view their pension slips and P60 on line and printing them off where necessay. Where pensioners do NOT opt for this system the pension slip will continue, as before, to come through the letterbox every month.

ARCO remains concerned in relation to:

  • The difficulties further moves towards online pension services could present for some ARCO members.
  • The potential confusion that could result from having dual points-of-contact to deal with pension related queries.
  • The fact that civil servants, with no previous knowledge or background in matters specific to Defence Forces' pensions, could eventually become responsible for administering military pension accounts.
 
Members should forward any observations they might have on the matter.
 

Payment Date for Military Pensions

ARCO members will be aware, from a previous posting on this website, that the payment arrangements for their monthly military pension will change from the current 20th of the month to the end of the month.  The Department of Defence will write to members during the month of September outlining the proposed changeover procedures.  They will ask members to make the necessary arrangements with their financial institutions in relation to regular repayments that might be based on the present payment date of the 20th of the month.

The following are the indicated dates for the phased introduction of the new pension payment arrangements over the 6 month period, November 2013 to April 2014.

  • Payment date 22 November.
  • Payment date 18 December. (The December payment will remain at this date going forward.)
  • Payment date 22 January.
  • Payment date 24 February.
  • Payment date 28 March.
  • Payment date 30 April.

Those members who qualified for pensions after 1 March 2012 are already being paid on the last day of the month.

Payment of Military Pensions by cheque

ARCO members will be aware from a previous posting on this website that Payable Orders (i.e. the payment of pensions by cheque) will be abolished from 30 August 2013 under the Public Service Reform Plan. After that date public service pensions will be paid by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) only and no other facility will be available for doing so. All government departments and public bodies are implementing this decision.

Individual contact by Pensions Payment Section of the Department of Defence has already been made with the small number of military pensioners who are still being paid by Payable Order. In order to ensure the continued payment of pensions when Payable Orders cease to issue, Pensions Payments Section has sought their banking account details from those concerned. The cut off date is just a few weeks away and ARCO has been advised that the ‘closedown’ date for the September pension payroll is 12/13 of that month.

If members are aware of anyone who, for whatever reason, has not yet moved to EFT, please encourage them to make the necessary arrangements with Pensions Payments Section. This will ensure their pension can be paid by EFT in September. The options in that regard are set out in the correspondence that was sent to them. Anyone who needs to discuss the details with Pensions Payments Section should contact Martin Hughes at 091-743811.

Payment of Military Pensions

The vast majority of military pensions are paid by what is known as ‘ Electronic Funds Transfer’ (EFT) into personal bank accounts.  Under the Government’s Public Service Reform Plan, it has been decided the payment of state pensions by cheque will be phased out by mid-2013.

The Department of Defence has informed us that they will write to all the military pensioners who will be affected by this decision.

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