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The NHS Pension Scheme for England and Wales: proposed changes to scheme regulations 2019

Practices were notified in the January 2019 Employers Newsletter about proposed changes to the National Health Service Pension Scheme, Additional Voluntary Contributions and Injury Benefits (Amendment) Regulations 2019.

The proposed changes include:

  • introducing a new contribution rate of 20.6% for employers from 1 April2019
  • renewing current member contribution rates so that the same rates continue to apply beyond 31 March 2019
  • providing civic partner and same sex spouses with the same survivor pension rights as widows
  • extending the current forfeiture of pension benefits rules

The consultation period concluded on Monday 28 January 2019. You can view the full outcome of the consultation response at: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health-and-social-care

The Department of Health and Social Care will shortly publish a further document to answer any questions you may have concerning the outcome.

With regards to the Employer contribution rate of 20.6%, this will be implemented from 1 April 2019. However, we will only collect 14.3% from employer plus the 0.08% for the administration levy. Central payment will be made by NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care for the respective proportions of the outstanding 6.3% for the financial year 2019/20. Full details can be found in Section 4 of the consultation response.

Arrangements for 2020/21 will be confirmed later in the year.

Updated on Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 365 views

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