Thank you for visiting the CSPA Northern Ireland Branch Website. 

Please note we will be updating our website over the next few months so hopefully members should find it a more useful tool.  

NI members should be aware that they can also access the National CSPA website via the following link

CSPA Members should be aware that as well as being able to access a range of benefits the CSPA is also involved in a wide range of campaigns that support and preserve the rights of older people. 

Criteria for membership and  Application Forms for membership are available on a separate page.  Please click on link on side bar. 

Travel insurance access queries

We have received the following from the Towergate Health & Protection team following the launch of the travel insurance members benefit.

"Following the launch of the Lighthouse Travel insurance policy, we are aware that some members who have tried to obtain a quote or buy a policy on the customer website have experienced difficulties.

Some members are experiencing technical difficulties with parts of the site, while some members are finding the medical questionnaire process too complex.

The team at Towergate Health & Protection team are on hand to assist members where-ever possible.

If you are attempting to obtain a quote online but are finding the medical questionnaire process complex and would like support with this, then please contact us on 0800 389 7724 and we will guide you through the questions to complete the screening process.

If you have tried to access the website and experienced technical issues, such as a page not loading properly or content not appearing, then please email us at [email protected] with details of your feedback.

It will be helpful if you can provide a brief description of the problem, such as which part of the site you are in and which part of the process you are trying to complete, and confirm which browser you are using (e.g. Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari etc). We will share your feedback directly with the tifgroup web development team, who are working to troubleshoot any issues that arisen since launch.

Thank you for your continued patience and support while we gather member feedback and work together through these early technical difficulties."

Any future updates on the travel insurance membership benefit will be available in the members area. If you have forgotten your member number, please email [email protected]

Travel insurance is now available to purchase 

Our insurance brokers Towergate Health & Protection have confirmed that Lighthouse, the new Travel Insurance offering for CSPA members has now gone live from 5 April 2022.

The new policy offers members the opportunity to obtain a quote and purchase a policy online. 

Please log in to your members area of the main CSPA website  for more information and the online quotation tool.

Forgotten your membership number? Email [email protected] or message us on Facebook with your full name and postcode.

In memory: Jim Lilley

We were very sorry to hear the news that Jim Lilley, Branch Secretary of the CSPA Northern Ireland Branch passed away on 10th January 2022.

Jim continued to help his wife, Roisin, with the CSPA Northern Ireland Branch throughout his recent illness.

CSPA General Secretary, Lisa Ray says: "Jim was a likeable, popular colleague and friend and will be much missed on the Executive Council. We send our condolences to Roisin, Jim’s family and the CSPA Northern Ireland Branch."

Ivan Baxter has taken over as the Acting Brach Secretary. Ivan can be contacted via e mail at [email protected] or by phone on mobile. 07798830391.   

Details of membership of the NI Branch Committee are included in a separate page. 

If any members wish to become more actively involved in our Committee or any of our campaigns please contact the Acting Branch Secretary Ivan Baxter at [email protected] 

or phone him 07798830391. 

During the current Covid-19 pandemic the office in Belfast that collects our post is operating restricted opening. If you have sent any post there (our freepost address) and have not heard back please contact the Membership Secretary Roisin Lilley on 028 90658513.

 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.  We are retaining our fees at the same rate as they have been for the last several years (£15 single membership).  Members who have not yet paid their annual fees should by now have received a reminder letter. Members are reminded that Travel Insurance via CSPA is invalidated if their CSPA membership subscription is not up to date. If for any reason you do not receive a reminder letter or you have misplaced it 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 028 90658513.

If members have queries on matters apart from their membership please contact the Acting Branch Sec. Ivan Baxter on 07798830391 or at the following e mail address:  

Covid 19

Although nearly all of the coronavirus restrictions have eased, some guidelines 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 guidelines and regulations are available on the Department of Health Website.

By now, most of our members should have received their boosters.  Whilst this will hopefully bring some relief we would urge you to continue to follow the health advice still in place. 

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)