Pensions: have your say

As the deadline fast approaches for the close of consultation on a review of the NHS pension scheme, the CSP is urging members to ensure their views on proposed changes are heard. Frontline reports

The government is proposing some fundamental changes to the NHS pension scheme that will impact on members' future income. The CSP is therefore urging members again to respond to the consultation exercise to reinforce the arguments put forward on their behalf by the Society. Members in England and Wales have until April 11 to get their submissions in. The deadline for members in Northern Ireland is April 30 and in Scotland April 25. Among the most contentious issues arising from the review are proposed changes to the normal pension age - which the government wants to increase to 65 for all public sector workers - and the possible replacement of the final salary scheme with one based on career average earnings.  Last month demonstrations took place around the UK to protest at the plans to raise the pension age from 60 to 65.  CSP officers were among the thousands of protesters (see Frontline, March 2).Members in England and Wales wanting to respond to the consultation exercise should send their submission to NHS Employers, which is running the pension review for the Department of Health. Members should use the designated response form, which can be found at the end of section 12 of the main consultation document (see details below). For details of how to respond to the review in Scotland and Northern Ireland, please refer to the member briefings for these two countries (see details below). The main pension review consultation document for England and Wales and a summary can be downloaded from the NHS Employers website: www.nhsemployers.org Members are asked to copy any responses they submit to NHS Employers to CSP senior negotiating officer Janice Collins. Email: collinsja@csp.org.uk For more information on the pension review, see the January 19 issue of Frontline or go to the pensions page of this website: www.csp.org.uk/workplace/pensions.cfm The page includes briefings for members in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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