Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and Other Provisions) Act 2012
Use of Personal Public Service Number (PPSN).
50.— (1) The identifying series, known as the Personal Public Service Number (PPSN), of a Scheme member and of a member of a pre-existing public service pension scheme and of any other person in receipt of a survivor’s pension or a children’s pension under the Scheme or of a similar or corresponding pension under a pre-existing public service pension scheme—
(a) shall be supplied by the member or that other person to the relevant authority or other body concerned (being the authority or body that is responsible for or authorises the payment to the person of the pension or of any lump sum that relates to that pension entitlement), and
(b) may be used by that relevant authority or other body as a unique identifier—
(i) to record details in respect of the pension contributions, referable amounts and other benefits under the Scheme or a pre-existing public service pension scheme, and
(ii) to transfer or exchange such information to another relevant authority or body that is responsible for or authorises the payment of the pension or any part of it as required under this Part,
and where information has been so transferred or exchanged, that number shall, where appropriate, be deemed to have been supplied in accordance with paragraph (a).
(2) In subsection (1) “Personal Public Service Number (PPSN)” includes any other identifying series that is unique to the person concerned and that may generally replace the Personal Public Service Number (PPSN) system.