New guidance for employers on NHS pensions tax

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We have launched new guidance that outlines optional local measures that employers can take to support staff who are likely to be affected by pension tax issues.

On 7 August 2019, the government announced it will act to introduce pension changes to enable senior clinicians (ie those in a registered clinical profession) to take on additional clinical activities without incurring unexpected pension tax bills. 

The measures outlined in our guidance can be used during the financial year 2019/20 to support service delivery ahead of any changes to the NHS Pension Scheme or wider tax system. This is in recognition of the significant impact for NHS organisations on workforce capacity.

The guidance is intended to support the announcement and details:

  • taking independent financial advice and guidance
  • using existing flexibilities to enable employees to remain in the NHS Pension Scheme
  • possible arrangements for employees who decide to opt out of the NHS Pension Scheme.

Access the guidance on our website.

Any agreements made locally should be reviewed regularly to ensure any national solutions developed and implemented at a later date are taken into consideration.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) will consult on revised proposals to make the NHS Pension Scheme more flexible to allow senior clinicians to control the growth of their pension benefits.

We have a full range of resources which support employers with the NHS Pension scheme and pensions taxation.

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