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NHS pension scheme: proposed changes to scheme regulations 2019

Overview

The Department of Health and Social Care is consulting on proposals to change NHS pension scheme regulations.

Proposed changes include:

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

The consultation document on GOV.UK describes these changes and gives details on how to submit a response.

Regulations that put the pension scheme changes in place are subject to final agreement by health ministers and HM Treasury.