Department of Health consults on changes to NHS pension scheme
The Department of Health has published a consultation seeking views on draft amendments to the regulations providing the rules for the NHS Pension Schemes in England and Wales, the supplementary Additional Voluntary Contribution arrangements and the Injury Benefits scheme.
In summary, the draft instrument proposes to amend the scheme regulations for the following main purposes:
- Enable GPs to pension earnings from sub-contracts where the holder of the main contract is also an NHS employer
- Adds Universal Credit to the list of relevant benefits in the NHS Injury Benefit Scheme and clarifies how claimants moving on to Employment & Support Allowance should be assessed
- Permit the money purchase AVC arrangements to pay lifetime allowance excess lump sums
- Make consequential changes to scheme rules to accommodate the introduction of shared parental leave, the abolition of contracting-out and the Pension Schemes Act 2015
- Make technical corrections and refinements to improve the operation of scheme regulations
The target audience for the consultation is NHS staff, employers and providers of NHS clinical services. The consultation will close on 12 February 2016.