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

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.
FORTHCOMING DEVELOPMENT 1: In order to implement the McCloud remedy referred to below in Transitional membership of pre-2015 NHSPS until 31 March 2022, the government intends to pass the Public Service Pensions and Judicial Offices Bill (see LNB News 11/05/2021 80). Furthermore, any necessary amendments required to scheme regulations in order to implement the policies will be subject to further consultation (see consultation response dated 4 February 2021).
FORTHCOMING DEVELOPMENT 2: Further to a written ministerial statement dated 20 July 2020, an NHS Pension Scheme consultation was launched 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.
Following the case Walker v Innospec, the rules of public service schemes were amended to ensure surviving male same-sex and

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