NHS Pension Scheme consultations

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15 / 2 / 2016 5pm

For information on consultations relating to the NHS Pension Scheme, please see the details of upcoming, open and recently closed consultations below. If you have any comments or wish to provide any feedback to be included in future responses, please email pensions@nhsemployers.org.

Open consultations:

There are currently no open consultations.

Recently closed consultations: 

Closed consultations

Closed - Proposed changes to the regulations for the NHS Pension Schemes (government response published)         

The government have amended the regulations as a result of the feedback received during the consultation on proposed changes including enabling GPs to have pension earnings from sub-contracts, adding Universal Credit to the list of benefits in the NHS Injury Benefit Scheme, money purchase AVC arrangements paying lifetime allowance excess lump sums and accommodating the introduction of shared parental leave and the abolition of contracting out.The amended regulations have been laid before parliament.

To view the consultation, explanatory notes and the government response please visit gov.uk.

Closed - Strengthening the incentive to save: a consultation on pension tax relief (closed 30 September 2015 - awaiting government response) 

The government consulted on proposed changes to pension tax relief. The proposals consider whether making changes to the current tax arrangements will affect pension savings.

The Scheme Advisory Board for the NHS Pension Scheme submitted a response to this consultation.

To view the full consultation and a summary of the responses received please visit gov.uk.

Closed - Technical changes to automatic enrolment (government response published)    

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have published the government response to the consultation on proposals to simplify automatic enrolment processes for employers. Responses were generally supportive of the aims of the proposed changes and most responses agreed the changes would reduce the burden on employers. To view the consultation, explanatory notes and the government response please visit the DWP website

Employer feedback on the proposals was used to inform our response to the consultation. You can view and download our full responseTo read more about automatic enrolment, visit our dedicated web pages.

Closed - NHS Pension Scheme draft regulations 2015 including transitional and consequential provisions (government response published)  

The Department of Health (DH) have published the regulations for the new 2015 Scheme. These regulations were open to public consultation until 5 December 2014, you can view and download our response to the consultation from our 2015 Scheme web page where you will also find more details of the 2015 SchemeTo view the full consultation and explanatory notes please see the DH website or read the government response to the consultation.

The regulations cover:
  • governance
  • scheme membership
  • contributions
  • benefits
  • transfers
  • independent providers.
Further details of related consultations will be published when available.

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