Consultation on proposed changesto the NHS Pension Regulations

Consultation on proposed changes to the NHS Pension Regulations  LMC January 2019

I am writing as the LMC has been contacted by several colleagues following the publicity around the above consultation. In summary the main proposals are:

Implement a new contribution rate of 20.6% for employers from 1 April 2019, current employee contribution rates would continue

Give civil partners and same sex spouses the same survivor pension rights as widows (but not widowers, see sections 3.5 – 3.22 of the consultation).

Extend the Secretary of State’s forfeiture rules so that if a member or beneficiary is charged or convicted with certain offences all or part of those benefits can be forfeited.

Various other minor changes to correct current arrangements and apply updated HMRC rules.

In terms of more detailed discussion, the consultation document, which includes details of how to respond, is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/nhs-pension-scheme-proposed-changes-to-scheme-regulations-2019

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Updated on 10 January 2019

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