The Post-2015 National Health Service Pension Scheme
Produced in partnership with Paul Carney of Shoosmiths

The following Pensions practice note produced in partnership with Paul Carney of Shoosmiths provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The Post-2015 National Health Service Pension Scheme
  • What is the NHSPS?
  • Transitional membership of pre-2015 NHSPS until 31 March 2022
  • Age discriminatory nature of original transitional provisions
  • Government’s remedy
  • The statutory framework
  • Funding
  • Cost cap mechanism
  • Changes in discount rate
  • Administration and governance
  • More...

The Post-2015 National Health Service Pension Scheme

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE: The Coronavirus Act 2020 suspends provisions of the NHS Pension Scheme that would otherwise have an adverse effect on the pension payments of a retired healthcare professional who returns to NHS employment. The intention is that such pension payments will be neither suspended nor reduced in such circumstances. For further information on the impact of coronavirus on pensions, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—the pensions implications for trustees.
STOP PRESS: Further to a written ministerial statement dated 20 July 2020, an NHS Pension Scheme consultation was launched by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) on 28 January 2021, among other things, to prevent direct sexual orientation in circumstances where the husband or male civil partner of a female scheme member is entitled to lower survivor benefits than a comparable same-sex survivor. The consultation closed at 11.59 pm on 8 April 2021.

Following the case Walker v Innospec, the rules of public service schemes were amended to ensure surviving male same-sex and female same-sex spouses and civil partners of public service pension scheme members generally receive the same benefits as those received by widows of opposite sex marriages. The exception to this is in specific schemes where, in the past, improvements in female members’ survivor benefits have involved female members making employee contributions or increasing them.

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