Scottish Public Pensions Agency celebrates 15 years in Tweedbank

The agency in charge of administering the public sector pensions of more than 500,000 Scots has celebrated 15 years in Tweedbank.

The Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA) administers the pensions of all Scottish public sector staff who work for the NHS, the police and fire service and teachers.

From their headquarters at Tweedbank, the SPPA pay out £2.5bn worth of pensions each year to around 190,000 pensioners.

Local MP John Lamont was invited along to celebrate the organisation’s ‘Borders Birthday’ with the 305 staff based there.

As part of the celebration, the newest and longest servicing members of staff were asked to cut a 15th birthday cake, provided for by Galashiels bakery, Dalgetty & Sons.

Speaking afterwards, John Lamont MP said: “Employing more than 300 staff, the SPPA is a major provider of jobs for the Borders and it is great to have them based here.

“It was surprising to see the scale of the work carried out there. The building is certainly very impressive and seems a great place to work.

“I was delighted to go along and take part in their celebration of 15 years in the Scottish Borders.”