NHS trusts urged to respond to pension review

NHS Employers has issued a further call to organisations that employ staff in the health service to respond to the NHS Pension Scheme review consultation.

At the employers’ group first policy board meeting this week it was agreed that action needs to be taken to make sure that the voice of employers, as well as that of individuals and staff-side organisations, is heard.

John Rostill, who chairs NHS Employers assembly and policy board, said: “It is important that we hear from as many people as possible, including the boards of organisations that employ staff and the individuals themselves.

“The proposals will have significant implications for employers of NHS staff and we particularly urge NHS organisations to make a corporate response.”

Most of the review recommendations are jointly agreed with the unions but there are three areas where there are still unresolved issues.

NHS Employers is particularly seeking responses on these areas:

  • government proposal to move to a normal pension age of 65
  • the financial framework for the review
  • the alternative options of final salary or career average.

The consultation process is now approaching its final month and more than 1,500 responses have been received. The closing date is 11 April.

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