NHS Pension Scheme consultations

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For information on consultations relating to the NHS Pension Scheme, please see the details of relevant consultations below. 

 

Open consultations

NHS Pension Scheme: increased flexibility - published September 2019 - government closes this consultation on 1 November 2019

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is consulting on a new set of proposals to offer senior clinicians more control over their pensions growth, so they can continue to provide the services that patients need.

You can read full details of all the proposed changes on the gov.uk website.

Consultations awaiting outcome

There are currently no consultations awaiting outcome. 

Completed consultations 

NHS pension Scheme: proposed changes to scheme regulations 2019 – government response published March 2019 

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) consulted on various changes to the NHS Pension Scheme regulations. The proposals included; changing the employer contribution rate to 20.6 per cent from 1 April 2019, renew member contribution rates from 1 April 2019, provide civil partners and same sex spouses with the same exemption rights as widows, and exempt nationally agreed pay increases for agenda for change staff from the final pay controls.

The government decided to go ahead with the proposed changes to the regulations. You can read the full consultation and government response on the gov.uk website.  

NHS Pension Scheme: proposed changes to regulations 2018 – government response published March 2019 

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) consulted on various changes to the NHS Pension Scheme regulations including; removing the need for a nomination form for unmarried or cohabiting partners to claim survivor pensions, make a number of minor corrections and refinements to improve the clarity of certain regulations, and ensure access to the NHS Pension Scheme for staff delivering services under new integrated models of care.

The government decided to go ahead with the first two changes to the regulations. You can read the full consultation and government response on the gov.uk website.  

Indexation and equalisation of GMP in public service pension schemes - government response published January 2018 

HM Treasury (HMT) sought views on how to address the implications of State Pension reforms for guaranteed minimum pension (GMP) of public servants below State Pension age. Three possible solutions were discussed; case-by-case, full indexation, or conversion. The government decided the case-by-case method was not suitable and instead announced the extension of the current interim solution so that it applies to those who reach SPa on or before 5 April 2021. Government will review the possibility of implementing conversion as a longer-term solution

You can read the full consultation document on the gov.uk website.

NHS Pension Scheme: proposed changes to Scheme regulations - government response published February 2017 

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) consulted on proposed changes to the NHS Pension Scheme, including the rules, to support the development of NHS England's new models of care as described in the 5 Year Forward View. There were also technical corrections and clarifications to further improve the operation of the NHS Pension Scheme rules. The Scheme Advisory Board to the NHS Pension Scheme submitted a response to the consultation. 

The government decided to go ahead with the proposed changes to the regulations. You can read the full consultation and government response on the gov.uk website.

NHS Pension Scheme: consultation on introducing a scheme administration levy - government response published March 2017 

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) consulted on the introduction of an employer levy to fund the administration costs of the NHS Pension Scheme. They were also keen to hear suggestions on how to increase employer engagement in shaping and developing the services offered by NHS Pensions who administer the scheme. Employer feedback on the proposals was used to inform our response to the consultation.

Government decided to proceed with an employer administration levy of 0.08 per cent, which became operational from 1 April 2017. The levy is collected at the same time as the standard employer contribution, in practical terms this means the employer contribution rate increased from 14.3 per cent to 14.38 per cent from 1 April 2017. You can read the full consultation and government response on the gov.uk website

Strengthening the incentive to save: a consultation on pension tax relief - government response published March 2016

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 to the NHS Pension Scheme submitted a response to this consultation.

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

 

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