Number of pension schemes administered by the Scottish Public Pensions Agency: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

For the 2021-22 Scheme year, please provide:

  • The number of pension schemes administered by the Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA), broken down by type of scheme and the number of members in each scheme.
  • Details of any investment holdings or assets managed by the SPPA, including the types of investments and the total value of each holding.
  • Information regarding the total amount of pensions paid out by the SPPA in 2021-2022, including the number of pension recipients and the average amount of each pension payment.


Pension Schemes administered by the Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA) Total number of members as @ 31 March 2022
Firefighters Pension Scheme (Scotland) 1992 5143
New Firefighters Pension Scheme (Scotland) 2006 1333
Firefighters' Pension Scheme (Scotland) 2015 6795
The National Health Service Pension Scheme (Scotland) 2015 223128
The National Health Service Superannuation Scheme For Scotland 146478
Police Pension Scheme (Scotland) 1987 17761
Police Pension Scheme (Scotland) 2006 735
Police Pension Scheme (Scotland) 2015 16686
Scottish Teachers' Pension Scheme 2015 87236
Scottish Teachers' Superannuation Scheme 77745

The SPPA Pension Schemes are unfunded schemes therefore there is no pension fund.


Total Amount Paid (£m) inc. lump sums in 201-22

Number of Members in receipt of Pension including Widow/Dependents @ 31 Mar 2022 Number of Payments including lump sums Average value (£) of each payment*
NHS 1,594.80 116,834 1,432,197 1,113.53
Teachers 1,179.20 78,417 1,020,851 1,155.11
Police 458.30 18,657 222,663 2,058.27
Fire 116.50 6,263 74,704 1,559.49
TOTAL 3,348.80 220,171 2,750,415 1,217.56

* Average includes lump sums.

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