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NHS Pensions Review: Consultations Underway

12 January 2005 - 8:10am

Consultation on the NHS Pensions Review is now well underway. More details - along with the CSP stewards' pensions proforma - can be found here...Remember, this issue is important: pensions are about your future income.

The consultation process over the proposed changes to the NHS Pension Scheme is now well underway. Separate consultations are being run for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

  • For England and Wales the deadline for receipt of comments to the NHS Employers is 11 April.
  • For Scotland the deadline for receipt of comments to the Scottish Pensions Review Group is 25 April.  
  • For Northern Ireland the deadline for receipt of comments to the DHPSS is 30 April.

The CSP urges all members to read up on the proposed changes and to participate in the consultation. Remember, pensions are about your money: your future income. To aid members during the consultation period the CSP has produced separate members' briefings for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

CSP stewards: The key issue at the moment is for stewards to return their proformas from the February/early March workplace meetings. These should have been sent to Kate Moran in Employment Relations & Union Services (ERUS) by 14th March (although late proformas will be accepted). Stewards can download a copy of the meeting proforma by clicking on the link at the foot of this page).  The CSP's  response to the consultation document will be informed by the information received from members so it is important we get all the proformas back. CSP Members are also encouraged to respond individually to the consultations and to copy their response to us (via Kate Moran). Some stewards have asked if we have a power point presentation they can use to help with the meetings. The answer is no, we do not have a power point presentation but all Trusts have been sent information for presentations which should be shared on a partnership basis - so stewards are advised to contact HR if a power point presentation is needed. England and Wales The consultation documents can be found at:

  • nhsemployers.org/PayAndConditions/publications.asp.  

NHS Employers are asking for responses to the consultation to be submitted on a specially designed response form which lists 35 different questions. While there is no obligation to answer all the questions, we would encourage members to address some of the more important issues, as defined in the members' briefing. The response form can be downloaded from:

  • nhsemployers.org/PayAndConditions/response_form.asp

If you have a query regarding any of the proposals that are not answered in either of the consultation documents (one concise version, one full version) or by your employer, you can email nhspensionsreview@nhsemployers.org A set of Questions & Answers on the NHS Pensions Review has been posted on the NHS Employers' website. Visit:

  • nhsemployers.org/PayAndConditions/qanda.asp

Scotland The consultation documents can be found at: scotland.gov.uk/sppa Members in Scotland who have any queries regarding what is being proposed, which are not answered by reading either the short or full versions of the consultation document, can email: nhspensionsreform@scotland.gsi.gov.uk or call the helpline on 01896 893 298. Northern Ireland The consultation documents can be found at: dhsspsni.gov.uk/superann/review_publications.asp Members in Northern Ireland who have any queries regarding what is being proposed, which are not answered by reading either the short or full versions of the consultation document, can email modernisation@dhsspsni.gov.uk or telephone 028 71 319185 TUC Campaign Day of Action The TUC Public Sector Pensions Day of Campaigning Action on Friday 18 February appeared to have been successful in raising awareness of the issues. The CSP was represented at several campaign events and CSP stewards made their concerns known in local media. Jim Fahie was quoted in the Bromley Times, Sue Chesterman in the Yeovil Express, Jon Edmonson in the Lancashire Evening Telegraph and Helen Scott in the Scunthorpe Telegraph.   For more information on pensions see our main pensions page. You can also follow news coverage of the proposed changes to the NHS pension scheme by clicking on the links below:

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