Consultation on changes to the NHS Pension Scheme


13 / 11 / 2013 9.49am


The Department of Health (DH) is consulting on proposals to amend NHS Pension Scheme regulations.



The draft regulations will: 

  • implement the first phase of changes arising from and related to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013
  • re-introduce provisions requiring the scheme actuary to undertake an actuarial valuation of the NHS Pension Scheme as at 31 March 2012.

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013

The government anticipate that the first same sex marriages will take place by summer 2014, and are exploring the option of early implementation. The DH are now consulting on proposed changes as a result of the act, which includes the introduction of survivor pensions for same sex married couples which are aligned with those of civil partners.

Scheme valuation

Proposed changes on scheme valuation include the requirement for the scheme actuary to prepare an actuarial report of the scheme in preparation for the implementation of the new 2015 pension scheme.


On behalf of employers, NHS Employers will be submitting a response to the consultation and we welcome your views and feedback in order to inform our response.

Please send any comments to or contact us on 0113 306 3000 for a further discussion regarding the impact on the NHS scheme.

The consultation will close on the 9 December 2013.

Further information

Further information on the consultation, including how to respond directly can be found on the Department of Health website consultation page.

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